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When Teresa Xu stood in a Beijing courtroom last December to demand equal access to reproductive rights, she knew she wasn't just representing herself. The outcome of her case could potentially transform the lives of women all over China.

Xu, 32, decided to freeze her eggs in the hope she could protect her fertility and ideally have a child when she found the right partner.

But when she went to the Beijing Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital to enquire about the procedure, she was refused. The reason? Xu was an unmarried woman.

The freelance writer was outraged — after all, single men in China are allowed to freeze their sperm, so why was she being denied access to egg-freezing technology?

Xu ended up suing the hospital, arguing it was effectively discriminating against single women.

"I went to hospital to get some medical advice, but I was advised by a doctor to get married and have kids early," she said. "I already have so much pressure from this society. I am here representing the many Chinese women [who want change]."

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