Saturday, July 5, 2008

More ways to strangle the human race

I suppose it's newsworthy that a 70-year-old woman, Omkari Panwar of Muzaffarnagar, India, has given birth to twins. On the other hand, last year the story was that a 60-year-old woman from New Jersey gave birth to twins. We talked about that at BlogHer back then, and so, we've had the "what is too old to bear children" debate already.

Both of these women conceived through in vitro fertilization, big help from medical science. The shimmer of news in this recent birth is that the age ante has been upped. If these women had conceived naturally, then that would be even shinier news.

The real news in this story, however, at least news worthy of deeper thought, is why this 70-year-old needed desperately to try for another child. She and her 75-year-old husband already had two daughters. But the elderly couple wanted another baby because they needed a male heir. Here are some of the reasons Charan Singh, the father, said a male heir was critical: ... Continue reading this post at Blogher

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1 comment:

LISA VAZQUEZ said...

Hey there! {waves}

I read about the woman who gave birth at SEVENTY!!! Wow!

I tell my older friends who still want to have children in their late 40s and early 50s that ANYTHING is possible!

The backstory, as you mentioned, was the motivation for the pregnancy which was rooted in idolatry of male children... {sigh}
This idolatry of male children is common in so many cultures....African cultures....Asian cultures...I know a couple who continued to have children they could not even afford simply because they had all girls and wanted a boy...

Yes...even in America....

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa