Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bad Idea Gets Worse

A Spanish woman who became the world's oldest mother at the age of 66 has died of cancer just two-and-a-half years after giving birth to twins, raising fresh questions about the ethics of fertility treatment for women past natural childbearing age.

Maria del Carmen Bousada, a single mother and retired sales assistant from Cádiz, southern Spain, leaves behind her orphan sons, Pau and Christian. It was unclear who would look after them.


What was really unclear is why the IVF clinic ever agreed to do the procedure in the first place. The woman was old enough to be a grandmother and perhaps a great grandmother when she had the twins.

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