Friday, July 25, 2008
MSNBC: New IVF dilemmas make old fears seem quaint, by Arthur Caplan:
Omkari Panwar has given new meaning to the idea that 70 is the new 60. Or perhaps 70 is the new 30?
Earlier this month, the 70-year-old mother of two daughters and grandmother to five gave birth via Cesarean section to twins, a boy and girl, at a hospital in India’s Uttar Pradesh state after undergoing infertility treatment. If her age can be verified — she has no birth certificate — she would become the oldest woman ever to give birth.
Dr. Caplan discusses the separate ethical concerns raised by the birth -- the parents' age (the father is in his mid-70s) as well as their reasons for seeking IVF: to have a boy (they already had two daughters). The couple got their boy... but they got a girl too. I'm not sure I'd like to be her.
H/T: Kimberly Mutcherson