Sunday, May 17, 2009


From the New York Post:

PREGNANT AT . . . 66!


By James Fanelli

May 17, 2009

A wealthy, 66-year-old divorcée has defied her age -- and Mother Nature -- by becoming the oldest woman in Britain ever to get pregnant, setting off a storm of controversy in the medical world.

Elizabeth Adeney expects to give birth in June through a C-section, according to reports, after conceiving in vitro at a fertility clinic in the Ukraine -- because British clinics do not treat women over 50.

The baby is believed to be the first for Adeney, who used donor eggs and sperm, but the pregnancy has kicked off a raging debate over the ethics of helping a woman of her age to conceive.

Professor Severino Antinori, Britain's top medical expert on helping older women bear children, weighed in against the pregnancy -- explaining last week that Adeney's advanced age made it unfair to the child. Adeney would be 80 when her child becomes a teenager.

"I'm shocked by the idea of a 66-year-old woman giving birth," Antinori told The Sunday Times of London. "I respect the choice medically, but I think anything over 63 is risky, because you cannot guarantee the child will have a loving mother or family."

He said he feared the child would end up suffering from the lack of a parent.


Is Dr. Antinori similarly shocked when older men father children? Would he advise men over 63 not to procreate because they might not live long enough to see their children reach adulthood?

Women live longer than men. Maybe 55 should be the cut-off age for fatherhood.