When IVF isn’t the right thing…

What a terribly sad story of the woman of 65 in Germany who has given birth to quadruplets after fertility treatment. The babies were born very prematurely and will need a lot of medical support just in order to survive. When I saw the headlines, I’d assumed that she hadn’t ever had children – but in fact she already has 13 children aged from 10 to 44…

Ethical issues 

It raises the inevitable questions about sensible age limits for fertility treatment. Most clinics in the UK will not treat anyone who is above the age of menopause or over 50, but that’s not the case in all countries. Is it ever right to offer fertility treatment to someone who will be 80 by the time their children reach 15?

Of course, in this case, it’s not just the mother’s age which is an issue, but also the question of the multiple pregnancy. Why would a medical professional allow a woman to become pregnant with quadruplets leading to huge risks for both the babies and herself?

In Germany, where she lives, IVF with donated eggs is not permitted at all, and she had apparently travelled to Ukraine in order to have the treatment…

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