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Everyday Ethics

Back in 2006, Maria del Carmen Bousada gave birth to a set of twins – at the ripe old age of 66. Three years later, she’s passed away, leaving behind two young children.

After Bousada became pregnant using in vitro fertilization, questions were raised about the ethics of having a child that far along in life. In fact, Bousada lied in IVF interviews, saying she was a “mere” 55 years, the cut-off age for candidates.

Hillary wrote a very thoughtful post a while back on the 66-year-old mother in the U.K., posing many of the ethical questions surrounding this topic.

I hate to cast judgments on the dead, but I’m afraid I’m about to — personally, I don’t believe Bousada acted in a responsible manner. A parent has a duty to their child; that duty includes being present in that child’s life as long as is humanely possible. Bousada’s assertion that she would live to a much older age because her mother did was clearly wishful thinking, and a sign that her selfish desire to have children overcame her desire to provide the best for those children.

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