A hospital in Beijing which refused to perform egg collection and freezing on a single woman who wished to undergo egg retrieval for non-medical reasons did not violate her human rights, a court has ruled.
The case was originally brought in 2019 by Teresa Xu and sparked a nationwide debate about reproductive rights at the time. Chinese law does not explicitly ban unmarried people from accessing fertility treatment or preservation, but states married couples can have up to three children. The Beijing obstetrics and gynaecology hospital at Capital Medical University had refused to carry out the procedure on Xu as she was unable to produce a marriage certificate.
Last week the Chaoyang intermediate people's court in Beijing ruled it had not violated her human rights, the Guardian reported.