BELRIS (Bioethics Legal Research in Singapore) has directed two generous gifts to CBmE for research into the ethics and regulation of reproductive technologies in Singapore.
The first gift in 2012 was directed towards the ethics of elective egg freezing. Egg freezing has become a popular medical and social topic. It is a procedure developed from IVF treatment and used to store eggs when they are not needed in a fertility cycle. It is also used when a woman’s reproductive health is at risk from some underlying condition or clinical treatment, for example the cytotoxic effects of radiotherapy. . In Singapore, only women who might lose their fertility through medical treatments such as chemotherapy are allowed to undergo the procedure. In addition, only women who are already married, under 45, and undergoing IVF are allowed to freeze their surplus eggs. Elective egg freezing is not allowed. This research aimed at providing a normative analysis of the moral and social issues of elective egg freezing as they related both to Singapore and broader ethical debates on reproductive technologies. Outcomes of this research are published in the 2015 report 'An Ethical Analysis of Egg Freezing in Singapore'.