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MercatorNet: IVF pregnancies for the elderly

MercatorNet: IVF pregnancies for the elderly

IVF pregnancies for the elderly

How old is too old to get pregnant via reproductive technology?
Tamara El-Rahi | Jun 3 2016 | comment 
The last few weeks have seen multiple news pieces on the pregnancies of women beyond child-bearing age - including the 70-year old who just gave birth to her first child in India via IVF.  And while I understand that this kind of thing is a light in the dark for many suffering couples who have struggled with infertility, too many aspects of this scenario make me uneasy.
For one, it seems disrespectful of our bodies. A 70-year old woman’s body is not meant to bear a child, not to mention that a 70+ year old woman’s body is not built to be running around after a young child. The way our bodies work has been moulded by years upon years of evolution – if it was ideal or good for the species to be reproducing so late in life, surely we would have the natural faculty to do so by now!
This situation is also just another example of how we, as a society, commodify human beings. We’re turning kids into something that can be bought – and that’s just not okay! Our inherent dignity means that no price can be put on our lives. If we treat people like objects, that’s how we will begin to see them.
And at the end of the day, even though it is perhaps politically incorrect to say it, I think that having kids via reproductive technology at such a late age is a selfish move – it becomes all about the parents’ (or parent’s) desires, not the good or best interests of the child in question. The fact remains that this child will probably lose its parents at a very young age, and then be left to deal with the (less than ideal) consequences of that.
Of course, it must be said that every child is a blessing – and the way he or she comes to be does not affect their worth or rights. But what do you think? For sure, we congratulate this older couple - but should we be worried for this situation to become a normal thing? Should we demand that rules and regulations be created?
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One day it was about a handful of individuals who had sexual identity problems; the next, it was about the US federal government telling schools they had to let boys into the girls' toilet block. How did transgenderism (and it really is an ism) come up on us so fast? What is driving this issue?
That is the question we put to some scholars and today we begin publishing their answers. Professor Mark Regnerus puts it down to marketing, and specifically to "framing" of the issue as an urgent human rights one. Marketing takes money, of course, but the LGBT movement seems to have pots of that.
One thing is clear: if anyone thought the sexual revolution was something that happened in the 1960s, they are sadly mistaken. What it's ultimately about is the subject of Stella Morabito's very perceptive article. Her concluding advice is something I agree with and am newly resolved to practise more consistently: never to use the word "gender" when we really mean "sex".
There's a cute video from The New Yorker on the front page -- about social awareness in the Facebook generation.
Enjoy, and see you Monday.

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,

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How old is too old to get pregnant via reproductive technology?
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