As China tries to slow its demographic decline, policymakers are contemplating giving IVF access to single women and providing them with child subsidies that were previously only available to married couples.
In February, officials in the southwestern province of Sichuan lifted a restriction that prevented unmarried women from registering the birth of a child. The Chinese government is now considering rolling out the change across the country in an effort to address the problem of record-low birth rates.
Political advisers proposed in March that single and unmarried women should have access to egg-freezing and IVF treatment, among other services. But so far, the government has not commented on the recommendations publicly.
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