A 66 year old woman is almost ready to give birth and become the oldest woman in Great Britain to do so. Currently eight months pregnant, Elizabeth Adeney is believed to have undergone In Vitro Fertilization outside of Great Britain, due to the restrictions in place there. This raises many ethical issues.
The primary question is how old is too old to have children? When her child is 18, Ms. Adeney will be 84 years old. Will she be able to properly take care of a growing teenager at that age? What about when that child graduates from college and needs guidance as s/he begins his or her life?
However, one can also argue that setting restrictions on who can and cannot have a child is walking down a dangerous road. Will women with chronic diseases be next? What about single women, or women with a strong family history of cancer? No one can predict what will happen over the course of ones lifetime. What if she or any other new mom gets hit by a car, or faces some other catastrophic accident?
Clearly, this issue is not one easily answered and perhaps should only be addressed on a case by case basis. What is your opinion? How old is too old to undergo IVF? Weigh in on the PCOS forums!