On the afternoon of May 9, 2023, the second trial of the first “single women freezing eggs case” in the country was held at the Beijing Third Intermediate People’s Court. The trial lasted for about two hours, and the verdict will be announced at a later date.
“The core point of dispute in the second trial is not significantly different from the first trial, which is whether the hospital violated the general personality rights of the plaintiff, Xu Zaozao,” said Dong Xiaoying, the attorney representing Xu Zaozao, after the trial. The second trial emphasized whether the hospital’s actions constituted a violation of Xu Zaozao’s bodily rights. The plaintiff argues that “eggs are part of the body, and the use of them is a matter of bodily autonomy.”
At the end of 2018, Xu Zaozao, who was then 30 years old, was refused egg freezing services by the Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital affiliated with Capital Medical University. Subsequently, she filed a lawsuit against the hospital citing a “general personality rights dispute” and requested the court to order the hospital to cease violating her general personality rights and provide her with egg freezing services.