Sunday 4 December 2016

A Spanish woman has just had a baby at the age of 62. Well, good for her

Anton Savage

Published 20/10/2016 | 19:07

A 62-year-old Spanish woman has given birth to a healthy girl and encourages women in their later years to imitate her if they want to. Photo: AP
A 62-year-old Spanish woman has given birth to a healthy girl and encourages women in their later years to imitate her if they want to. Photo: AP

A 62-year-old woman in Spain has just given birth to her third child. Mother and baby are doing well after the C-section delivery, but the birth has raised questions across the EU as to whether or not there should be a cut-off age for IVF treatment.

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It’s not the first time this issue has arisen – in August, the birth of a child to a 62-year-old Australian woman led a pioneer of IVF in her country to describe the procedure as “social, not medical IVF”.

It’s easy to root ethical rules based on biological realities, but that doesn’t make it right.

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