Carol Platt Liebau: A Birth-Giving Age Limit?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Birth-Giving Age Limit?

This little blurb asks if there should be any ethical guidelines about age limits for female childbearing, given the increasing numbers of 60-somethings able to carry a child thanks to IVF.

Obviously, God or nature seems to have had an opinion, as women can't naturally conceive after menopause (these women are being impregnated with embryos created from donor eggs). Women of a certain age not only face more health complications themselves; the children they're carrying are likewise at greater risk.

It strikes me as one of those quasi-Solomonic issues. Is a woman who's willing to put her own desire to carry or have a child before the child's own well-being (given the enhanced likelihood not only of birth defects but also that the mother herself will not live until the child reaches maturity) really fit to be a mother?

9 Comments:

Blogger Editor said...

Has anyone asked the same about old fathers such as Larry King, Hugh Heffner or Imus?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Larry, Hugh, Imus...yeah they glowed when they were pregnant. Exact same thing. Right.

These days, far too many people look at having kids like they're accessorizing. Like so many things these days, people look at childbirth as a right, entitlement or just playing house. They think in terms of what it will do for THEM. Sad for the kids.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Marshall,

Parenthood doesn't end when the baby in born, unless you're from another species like a blood sucking mosquito.

I have not met a single person that thinks a child is accessorizing. What planet or species are you from?

10:16 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Has anyone asked the same about old fathers such as Larry King, Hugh Heffner or Imus?

I have, but then I don't know them and don't run in their circles. As such news of my incredulity probably never reached them.

We can't legislate every single thing in life; this is clearly one of them. If someone's going to take the chance, they are going to take the chance. But they have to realize that their CHOICES have CONSEQUENCES.

6:45 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Has anyone asked editor if a Human Being is killed during an abortion?

It's more of the same selfish hedonistic indulgence. I'm alive so I'm entitled to this, this and this...after all, I'm just a random collection of cells brought together by chance after the big bang billions and billions of years ago.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

The FDA has approved the day after pill for over the counter purchase and the Rep were is power. So much for the Republicans prventing abortions or Bush preventing corporation from killing embryos for research.

8:15 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

The FDA has approved the day after pill for over the counter purchase...
I think the Democrat blockade on the confirmation of the FDA director Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach had more than just a little to do with it.

...and the Rep were [in] power. So much for the Republicans prventing abortions

I think you mean "so much for the [Conservative] Republicans having power". Given Senate rules, unless you have 60 members voting as a bloc, you don't really have the power to do just any old thing. Given the Hamlet Brigade in the GOP caucus, they aren't ever going to get any kind of bloc voting on anything but the most banal issues.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

A new poll shows that fewer Americans view the Republican Party as "friendly to religion" than a year ago, with the decline particularly steep among Catholics and white evangelical Protestants - constituencies at the core of the Republicans' conservative Christian voting bloc.

The survey found that the proportion of Americans who say the Republican Party is friendly to religion fell 8 percentage points in the last year, to 47 percent from 55 percent. Among Catholics and white evangelical Protestants, the decline was 14 percentage points.

The survey examined Americans' attitudes on such topics as politics, science, the Bible, global warming and Israel. But the most startling change, said John Green, senior fellow in religion and American politics at the Pew Forum, was the perception of the Republican Party by its core constituency.

In the last year, religious organizations, including some representing evangelicals, have made global warming a priority.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Ministers have a right to be wrong. Many ministers are libs. Those who aren't are looked upon as backwards. I belong to a very liberal denomination. They are wrong about a lot of issues. But as eLarson indicated, there aren't enough conservative Republicans in the party right now. Thus, not everything that would be best for the country can happen, with some Repubs acting like libs.

"Parenthood doesn't end when the baby in born," "DUH! I'm eddy and I had a deep thought. DUH!"

And who would ever say they are accessorizing when they say they're having a kid? They don't think or talk in that manner, they ACT in that manner. Jeez. What a simp.

1:11 PM  

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