Medical Technology And Culture

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Medical Technology And Culture

November 30, 2004

What is it about older women having children?

The news tells of an Evansville, Indiana woman who gave birth to twins five years ago when she was 57.

The girls are now five and the mother just turned 63.

A 59-year-old Georgia woman is pregnant and due next month.

Medical technology is responsible for a lot of this, but so is culture.

I hate to say it, but how many of these births to women who are of grandparent age are for reasons of selfishness?

Why would anyone want a baby at that age?

Ok, I understand if they were unable to get pregnant and medical science has made it possible at last, but what about adoption?

Most important, what about the child?

Children have the right to grow up with their parents.

The older the mother, the sooner she is likely to die.

A child should expect to have his parents around at least until he is in his twenties.

It's the same with divorced men and younger second or third wives and new babies.

It makes no sense to me, but then a lot of what is happening today makes no sense.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.

Medical Technology And Culture