Transcript for Facebook, Apple Offer to Pay for Egg-Freezing
It's a cool video. Can always kound count on you, Tony. And time for the morning stir. Tech giants apple and Facebook say they will foot the bill for employees who want to freeze their eggs. But not everyone thinks this is such a good idea. Mara schiavocampo is here with the story for us. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. As you might imagine, freezing your eggs is not cheap. This benefit is being hailed as a major perk. But critics argue it encourages women to put off having kids to get ahead professionally. This morning, a heated debate over frozen eggs. Tech giants Facebook and apple confirming they will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs. Facebook has already started, and apple will begin in the new year. Making them some of the first and biggest companies to cover costs for that fertility treatment, which can run upwards of $10,000. Plus $500 a year for egg storage. Apple says it will cover up to $20,000 of that. Telling ABC news, "We want to empower women at apple to do the best work of their lives." It's the kind of benefits some working women, like Ty, would love to have. I was 35 at the time. I knew I wasn't getting any younger. Reporter: Last year the 36 year-old style expert paid out of pocket to freeze her eggs after realizing her professional success delayed her dream of starting a family. I know at some point I want to have my own children as well as adopt. Reporter: But the news is igniting a debate about whether these companies are sending the message that work can't wait. One Twitter user writing, talk about generous policies. But another saying, why not just accept that women want children and need time off? Still, experts say it could be a way to get more women to enter male-dominated fields like technology. I think it's just part of a larger benefit package encouraging women to come to these companies. Reporter: Both companies say they also cover adoption costs and in vitro fertilization. They are saying it's about freedom. Options like that. But the formative years of your career are the prime years to have children. That's the great paradox for children, the years that your career is taking off is childbearing years. Critics say does this give women an excuse to put off having children? Does it encourage them, and say I can just do that later? That's the question a lot of people are asking today. A personal choice. Something that the individual has to think for themselves and their family. But freezing the eggs, it matters what age. Better younger? It's the age of the egg that's most important, not the mother. So if you know that you want to freeze your eggs, do it as soon as you have made that decision. Even in your 20s, because the younger eggs will be more viable later down the road. This is getting a lot of attention. It is. Interesting debate. It is. Thank you very much.
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