ABC News is reporting that a 72-year-old woman has given birth to twins, making her the world’s oldest mother. The children, a boy and a girl, were the result of IVF and were delivered by Caesarean section last week.
The physician who did this should lose his or her license. Just because we can do something, never means we should (or that it is right).
As readers of this blog know, I believe that assisted reproductive procedures should be limited to women who are under 50 years of age.
Not only are pregnancies in women 50 and older dangerous to the woman, they are dangerous to the child.
And, we need to think no only of the desires of the woman, but the need of the child – indeed, the right of the child – to be raised, whenever possible, into adulthood by his or her natural mother and father.
A woman who chooses to bring children into the world after age 50, in my opinion, is thinking more of herself than her child.