66-Year-Old Woman Set To Become Britain's Oldest Mother

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Elizabeth Adeney, 66, is eight months pregnant. A wealthy divorcee, Adeney reportedly traveled to the Ukraine to receive IVF treatments, as the majority of British fertility clinics refused to treat her due to her age.


Though Adeney's pregnancy has sparked a great deal of controversy and interest, Adeney herself refuses to discuss it: "'I am a private person and while I appreciate there may be some publicity I will just ignore it," she says, "This has been a very personal decision and I do not feel I have to give interviews or talk to anyone in the media about what I have decided to do and where I have done it."

But Adeney's wishes will most likely be ignored as the controversy surrounding her pregnancy—and the upcoming birth of her baby—continue to grow. Concerns over Adeney's ability to care for her child as she ages are legitimate: when her child graduates from high school, Adeney will be 84 years old. Adeney's friends are quick to point out that she is in excellent health, but one has to wonder how difficult it will be for a teenager to have a parent in their 80's. A spokesman for the Church of England notes: "A child is a gift not a right. For those who have never received that gift we can well understand their desire to have children but it is always important to think in those circumstances about what is really in the child's best interests."

"She is a bright woman and she knows not everyone will approve of what she is doing but she believes it is her choice," says one of Adeney's friends, "She has thought about it long and hard for a long time."

A Baby At 66 For Desperate Divorcee Set To Become Britain's Oldest Mother [DailyMail]
Divorcee Set To Become Oldest Mum In Britain—Aged 66! [Mirror]



The choice to become pregnant is a right though, not a gift. She's entitled to having these IVF treatments, and carrying this child so long as the child is not endangered. Any concerns about her age may be legitimate, but don't overwhelm any other concerns people may have about any woman's choice to become pregnant. If we say women of a certain age group shouldn't become pregnant because of when she may die, then we can say women who have a history of breast cancer in their families shouldn't become pregnant because they may get cancer, etc. it's a slippery slope. I'd advise her against it, certainly, but the public and the church should keep to themselves on this issue.