Remember that somewhat baffling moment in Genesis when Abraham’s wife, Sarah, finds she’s pregnant after decades of fruitless waiting, in her “old age”? Well, if Sarah lived these days, according to a report just out from ABC, her rabbis might well have advised her to backstop her fertility with a freezer.
In a post headlined “Rabbis urge single Orthodox women to freeze eggs at 38,” ABC reports:
Doctors in the United States who are familiar with “halacha” — or Jewish religious law — say they are seeing more Orthodox patients who have been sent by their rabbis to freeze their eggs before their fertility wanes.
“Most rabbis are strongly recommending this, and most should,” said Dr. Sherman Silber, director of the Infertility Center of St. Louis, whose practice caters to Orthodox Jews. “‘Be fruitful and multiply’ is considered the first commandment.”
The procedure helps make these single women more marriageable in the eyes of their communities, according to Silber.
“In truth, however, most orthodox women marry much earlier than this, often at age 20,” he said. “So it is an uncommon event, but an important one for them.”
It is also an expensive event. The procedure can cost $10,000 or so — and is still considered somewhat experimental.