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61 And Pregnant

Should there be an age limit for women seeking artificial insemination?

We’re so accustomed to raising our eyebrows at the pregnancies of our very youngest, but what about those of our very oldest?

As Fox News reports, controversy is brewing in Brazil over a 61-year-old woman’s pregnancy with her much younger husband.

The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, is post-menopausal and became pregnant with a donor egg. Her husband is 38. The baby is due in November.

“I had already gone through menopause. My husband wanted to be a father. I wanted to be a mother too. I am in great health … and I have undergone a very thorough medical clearance,” she told O Globo newspaper.

There is no age limit for artificial insemination, but doctors aren’t supposed to do it if it could harm the mother in anyway. Late life pregnancies are such a problem in Brazil that health officials are concerned. Earlier this month a 52-year-old woman whose husband is 88 became a first-time mom to twins.

What do you think? Should there be an age limit on women wanting artificial insemination? If so, wouldn’t that be a double-standard what with men hooking up with women decades younger and becoming fathers at elderly ages?

Image: Flickr.com/MirjamvandenBerg

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