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  #1  
May 23rd, 2007, 08:18 PM
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,274726,00.html

She became pregnant after her and her husband underwent IVF in Africa.
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May 23rd, 2007, 08:27 PM
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If you are not in the manner of women anymore and God doesn't choose to open your womb Himself, I don't think you should be having babies at 60.
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May 23rd, 2007, 08:41 PM
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Okay, that is wild, and in my opinion wrong. Did you see the part about the woman that was almost 67 when she gave birth to twins? I just think it is not fair to the kids.
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May 24th, 2007, 02:45 AM
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I think it's wrong and completely selfish. She's 60 years old and when those children are 20, she will be 80 years old. It's not fair on these kids. I just don't think anyone should be having children at 60. She has children, her youngest is 6 years old and when i heard this on the news, they said they decided to go through IVF to have another child because they wanted to give their youngest a sibling close to his age. Whatever.

I just don't find this right at all. Very very selfish.
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May 24th, 2007, 06:26 AM
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This story shocks me everytime I hear or read something about it.

I think it's great her 60 year old body was able to sustain the physical stress of pregnancy, but how unfair to those poor twin boys. She may feel great for her age right now but what is going to happen in a few years? She will be 80 years old when those boys are 20 and just starting their own lives. I just think it's totally unfair to them.

I also think it's wrong she traveled to Africa to become pregnant. I'm guessing no sane American doctor would proceed with forcing fertlity...
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May 24th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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I actually don't agree with the it's bad because she may not be around when her boys are older argument. There are never any guarantees of that. My mother was orphaned at age 15 when a drunk driver crashed into their car head on and both of her parents, ages 39 and 41, were killed instantly. However, I do think menopause is a clue that the baby-making factory has closed down and it's time to be finished.
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May 24th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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I actually don't agree with the it's bad because she may not be around when her boys are older argument. There are never any guarantees of that. My mother was orphaned at age 15 when a drunk driver crashed into their car head on and both of her parents, ages 39 and 41, were killed instantly. However, I do think menopause is a clue that the baby-making factory has closed down and it's time to be finished.[/b]
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May 24th, 2007, 07:17 AM
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I don't think women should be having babies at that age. It's not good on their bodies. My doctor has always told me. Having a baby after 40 can put a woman at a higher risk for a birth deffect or the mother having a complication with the pregnancy. So assuming women can be at greater risk at 40 and above for problems. A woman in her 60's is at even a much greater risk. But at that age. Wouldn't most women gone through menopause. There for they'd need drugs to bring them back to pre menopause stage to have this baby. Then having a baby that old. They would be almost 80 or more when that child graduates high school.
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May 24th, 2007, 09:23 AM
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She and her husband are happy and healthy and so are her babies. I see no problems. They can obviously afford the kids they're having. The same cannot be said for some "young" parents, yet we see no problems when they conceive.
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May 24th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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I do not agree with this.

I wonder if the woman had to have the IVF because her body was going through menopause. If that is the case, I don't agree with it. We go through menopause for a reason...to STOP having kids because our eggs are old and it can cause for handicapped children, it's not good on elderly bodies, elderly people are MUCH MORE LIKELY to die than a 30 year old in a car accident kwim?

There have been debates before about IVF and people not agreeing with it because infertility is natures way of population control. I am beginning to see their side more and more.
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May 24th, 2007, 02:46 PM
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I wonder if everyone would be so shocked if we replaced the 60 year old woman in the story with a 60 year old man. Somehow, I doubt it.

Older celebrity fathers:
Tony Blair (at 45), Ken Livingstone (at 57), David Bowie (at 53), Mick Jagger (at 57), Phil Collins (at 51), Rupert Murdoch (at 72), Michael Douglas (at 58), Des O'Connor (at 72), Gordon Brown (at 54), Rod Stewart (at 60), Paul McCartney (at 61), David Jason (61), Eric Clapton (at 59), John Humphrys (at 56), John Simpson (at 61), Julio Iglesias Sr. (father of the singer Julio, at 89), Charlie Chaplin (at 73), Saul Bellow (at 84), Anthony Quinn (at 81) Pablo Picasso (at 68) and Luciano Pavarotti (twins at 67), Jonathan Dimbleby: will become a father in the summer of 2007 at the age of 62.
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There have been debates before about IVF and people not agreeing with it because infertility is natures way of population control. I am beginning to see their side more and more.[/b]
OT but so if a 22 year old needs to go through IVF to have a baby...she shouldn't? Because it's "natures way" to control population? I guess women shouldn't take Clomid or other ovulatory type drugs either....interesting.

I also agree that no one seems to think anything of it when men have children at older ages. AND...anyone can die at any time. I don't necessarily believe a 60 year old woman is "more likely" to die than anyone else. Now...maybe if she was in her 70s...that might be more true.
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May 24th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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There have been debates before about IVF and people not agreeing with it because infertility is natures way of population control. I am beginning to see their side more and more.[/b]
OT but so if a 22 year old needs to go through IVF to have a baby...she shouldn't? Because it's "natures way" to control population? I guess women shouldn't take Clomid or other ovulatory type drugs either....interesting.

I also agree that no one seems to think anything of it when men have children at older ages. AND...anyone can die at any time. I don't necessarily believe a 60 year old woman is "more likely" to die than anyone else. Now...maybe if she was in her 70s...that might be more true.
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I don't necessarily agree with the IVF debate, just that it's been on my mind a lot lately since the last debate. And while I may not agree, I am starting to see their side of the argument.

I don't think older men should be having children that old either. The woman will be in her 70's in 8 years. She and her husband are more likely to not be around for their children than a young couple. I don't agree with this.
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May 24th, 2007, 04:15 PM
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I, personally, just have zero interest in dictating the reproductive rights of any woman. It is her uterus, she can do with it what she wants. Men are fertile throughout their lives, so no one really gives it a second thought, but a woman at or past menopausal age is frowned upon for seeking and/or acheiving pregnancy.
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I think there is a reason we go through menopause, so I don't agree with her forcing pregnancy.
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I think there is a reason we go through menopause, so I don't agree with her forcing pregnancy.[/b]
You can't FORCE pregnancy, you can help it along. However,I would never condone FORCING loss of reproductive rights.
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May 24th, 2007, 05:34 PM
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I think there is a reason we go through menopause, so I don't agree with her forcing pregnancy.[/b]
You can't FORCE pregnancy, you can help it along. However,I would never condone FORCING loss of reproductive rights.
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Either would I, but I can disagree with them doing it.
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May 24th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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I think there is a reason we go through menopause, so I don't agree with her forcing pregnancy.[/b]
You can't FORCE pregnancy, you can help it along. However,I would never condone FORCING loss of reproductive rights.
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Either would I, but I can disagree with them doing it.
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Why? How does the ability to reproduce indicate a person's potential for parenting? A 14 year old can, naturally, procreate, that makes them a better candidate? I just fail to see how the presence of a menstrual cycle has any bearing on one's qualifications to parent a child.
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May 24th, 2007, 06:02 PM
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Hey more power to her. Everything happens for a reason. Im not one to say you shouldnt have a baby. JMO.
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May 24th, 2007, 06:16 PM
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I know this is stupid, but i don't think anyone who is to old to play ball with there child, or would risk breaking a hip by getting in the floor with there child, should not be having them. I thought about my mil when I read this she is 58, and I can't imagine her having a child to raise, she is not in bad health, but she kept my nephew for the first three years of his life, and he has some major damage due to it, she sat him in front of the tv most of the time to keep him in the house so she didn't have to go outside with him, that is wrong, and it is something that I see alot of grandparents doing. I don't know this woman or her husband, and they may be the best parents ever, and they may be able to out do me in a day of playing outside, but I some how doubt it.
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