65 Year-Old Woman Gives Birth
The Drudge Report links to story in Times newspaper about woman age 65, who recently gave birth. The woman conceived through in-vitro fertilization. If correct, she would be the oldest woman to give birth. While I would never say that it should be illegal for a woman after a certain age to be given this sort of fertility treatment, I think doing so is morally and ethically wrong.
Udate (4pm): Serenity was curious about my views on this matter, so I thought I would provide a few reasons why I have problems with a woman who would want to give birth to a child at age 65:
1. The older a woman gets the more likely she is to suffer complications during pregnancy. This puts both the woman and child at risk.
2. Older women (even early 40s) run a higher risk of having children with genetic disorders, such as Down’s syndrome.
3. At age 65, you are heading towards the end of life on earth. Oh sure, a woman could live for another 20-30 years but the chances that she’ll be able to fully participate in the child’s life decreases. That’s not fair to the child or to the people who untimately end up raising the child.
If a woman really wants to have a child at a later stage in life, they should just adopt. There are enough children in the United States and across the world who are looking for a loving home.