In today's world, in vitro fertilization is impregnating women that would not be able to get pregnant otherwise. That includes women over a certain age. But how old is too old?
After the Octomom extravaganza, many are urging the government to crack down on fertility clinics and propose new regulation laws. But the debate extends past how many fertilized embryos a woman is allowed to create and implant. More and more women over 50 are using in vitro to get pregnant. One woman, Maria del Carmen Bousada, lied about her age in order to have in vitro and gave birth to twin boys at the age of 66; she recently died of cancer at 69 years old.
As women are having babies later and later, decisions based on age are currently made on a case by case basis. Georgia Dardick could not give up her hope to be a mom, and after several treatments, finally had a baby at 51, despite many judgments from others. Some doctors say it's our views on age that need to change, not fertility laws: "The 40- and 45-year-old of today is not the 40-year-old of the past. They're eating healthy, they are barely halfway through their life. It would be hard to say you shouldn't have a baby," says fertility specialist Dr. John Jain.
But if there are no rules, a woman who is 60 can come in and receive fertility treatments, and as everybody knows, pregnancy can take a toll on a woman's body. Many people believe it is selfish and not fair to a child to have older parents. On the other hand, there are no guarantees in life; one's parent could get sick or die even when they are still young.
Should there be rules on who can get IVF treatment, or should any woman be able to get pregnant at any age?