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Monday, May 18, 2009

Pregnant at age 66

Elizabeth Adeney is pregnant at age 66. And though her extremely-late-in-life pregnancy has prompted a great deal of controversy, Elizabeth Adeney is vigorously defending her right to have a child. Elizabeth Adeney has also set a new record; she is the oldest pregnant woman in England’s history.

Pregnant at 66; I’m just a pregnant lady,” proclaims Elizabeth Adeney

According to the Sun, Elizabeth Adeney’s pregnancy is the result of IVF treatment using a donor egg. Elizabeth who is eight months pregnant is rather perplexed at the uproar her pregnancy has triggered. “this isn’t about creating a fuss, just about becoming a mum. I may be older than other mothers but people should have better things to worry about” says Elizabeth.

Pregnant at 66, how about at 70?

As hard as it is to believe, just last year a woman had a baby at the astonishing age of 70. Rajo Devi, a 70 year old woman who lives in India, gave birth to a baby girl. After undergoing fertility treatments. “We longed for a child all these years and now we are happy to have one in the twilight years of our life,” said Rajo to the Telegraph at the time of her child’s birth. She is believed to be the world’s oldest mother in 2006.

Pregnant at 66, ethical considerations

Many people would argue that getting pregnant at 66 is the ultimate act of selfishness. They would question whether a woman that old has the energy and stamina required to be a good mother. In addition, when on has a child that late in life, one runs the risk of dying before their child even graduates college. This strikes many as being enormously unfair to the child.

Another issue being debated is the fact that Elizabeth got pregnant by undergoing IVF treatment. Some people are questioning the judgment of the fertility doctor(s) that treated her (this recalls the debate surrounding the wildly-controversial pregnancy of Octo-Mom Nadya Suleman). Was it a responsible decision to help a 66-year- old woman get pregnant?

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