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By Amanda Lees
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POLL of the DAY (134): THE RIGHT TO HAVE A CHILD?

The following extract from an article from Rt News highlights the complexity of rights.

Do we have the right to have children, especially if we can afford to pay for IVF?

Should the free market prevail allowing anyone who can afford IVF to proceed or should the age of prospective parents be regulated?

What are the implications for the child in this story?

Have a read and consider the proposal below:

'A 72-year-old woman in India has given birth to a baby boy with her 79-year-old husband, after 46 years of marriage during which they were unable to conceive.

Some 20 years after her menopause, Daljinder Kaur gave birth on April 19 after using the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique, whereby an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the womb in a test tube.

Having reached the later stages of their lives, Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill had lost almost all hope of ever having a child, which Gill told the Hindustan Times was “embarrassing” for the couple.

The couple noticed an advert for IVF in a local newspaper and decided to approach the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in the city of Hisar in 2013 to see if they would be suitable candidates.

“Our track record in handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive,”  Dr Anurag Bishnoi, embryologist and owner of the centre, told the newspaper.

“In her case, she looked visibly frail too, so I had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and a battery of other tests to ascertain fitness levels,”  he added.

While Kaur was deemed fit enough for the procedure, Bishnoi says there were some obvious causes that should have been detected earlier that may have helped Kaur conceive sooner.

“Her fallopian tubes were blocked and no attempt was made to detect the cause when she was menstruating. The procedure could have worked better then had efforts been made,”  Bishnoi explained.

The couple tried to conceive through IVF twice between 2013 and 2014 but both attempts failed with a third attempt in July 2015 proving successful.'

Read the article in full here:  https://www.rt.com/news/342708-indian-72yo-woman-ivf-birth/  

It is proposed that there should be an upper age limit for women receiving IVF treatment
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