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Should there be an age limit on Artificial Insemination?

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I'm not sure. If you read the story, she has a nine year old daughter, so presumably she got pregnant naturally aged 56, which would be older than the limit Jonaj and EricaL are suggesting. It's also worth noting that she had IVF not AI (two very different treatments) and that both are illegal in her home country at her age anyway, and all that happened is she went to another country with different laws. Making things like this illegal just tends to send it underground (think of countries where abortion is illegal) so women are being treated in dangerous conditions and by unqualified people; or sends people abroad to countries where standards are often lower - so if this woman had been treated in Germany, she might well be pregnant but definitely not with four babies, as more careful treatment would have prevented that.
I think that some leeway is needed and that a draconian "nothing after this age" can cause more problems than it prevents. There have been cases of grandmothers becoming pregnant with their daughter's baby, where the daughter was unable to bear a child. A blanket ban based on age would prevent this and that doesn't seem fair to me. I can think of other cases where it might be acceptable for an older woman to become pregnant. So I think doctors should have the ability to make a decision on a case by case basis.
That's a tricky one. It must be hard for children having much older parents like that, having to look after frail elderly parents while they're teenagers themselves, and then losing them so young. It must also be very hard on a 65 year old's body bearing a baby, let alone quads. On the other hand I would be hesitant to tell a woman that she shouldn't be allowed to have a baby when she wants one.
Yes, I read that. For me, it doesn't make sense to have children when you reach a certain age. If the story is true, we must ask 'how long does this woman have to live?'. And the answer to that question is 'probably not long enough to see her children grow up.'
by Vee

I would say 50 should be the limit for so many reasons...don't ask me to list them, it just common sense.

We are not in Biblical times now.
Yes, I would say so. I agree with jonaj; 50
by jonaja
Most definitely! The latest situation with a 65yo with multiple babies' expected is absolutely grotesque, & very, very selfish of HER, She'll be 83 when they turn 18! That's if she lasts that long! Whose going to look after the babies'/children if she drops dead because the pregnancy is TOO much strain on her whole being? Yuck to the nth degree!

The medical fraternity not only want to play God, but they want to make oodles of MONEY doing so. Utterly disgraceful & totally shameful of them.

There're many reasons why women have menopause. Obviously this woman doesn't know what the 'pause' part is all about!
No there should not be -it is up to the individual.
by Finy
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