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Should There Be an Age Limit on Motherhood?

When to get pregnant is a women's choice. Science allows girls the freedom to procreate after she gets her first period until she goes through menopause. In 1970, the average American age of a woman becoming a mother was 21.7 and in 2006 it was 25. A recent report said that the statistic for the United States is still much younger than that of other countries like Britain and Switzerland where women are 30.

Medical advancements in fertility have made putting off motherhood an option for many ladies. But, stories like that of Maria del Carmen Bousada who became the world's oldest mom at 66 when she got pregnant via in-vitro fertilization leave some people bewildered. She died last month leaving her 2-year-old twins, Pau and Christian behind. Do you think there should be a law discerning when a woman is too old to have kids?

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ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that if we're talking about 30-40 then there shouldn't be a limit. i think that when you get older than that - the kids end up missing out a little bit and that's probably not a good thing. i know a lot of women in my office that are in their 40s and have very young children and i think that it's great that they were able to work out how to have a family.
acyl acyl 7 years
I'm sorry, but I think that is effed up, extremely irresponsible, and selfish. Frigging adopt if you're old and want a kid.
natalie5785 natalie5785 7 years
Here's the thing, there are lots of young healthy mothers who die and leave children behind too. At 66, she probably had every reason to believe she'd be around to raise those babies to at least 18. It's sucks, but old moms aren't the only ones who have untimely deaths. I think it's unfair to her children, but LOTS of parents do things that are unfair to their having more babies than you can afford to feed! AND there are lots of young women (30's - 40's) who need IVF type technologies too. Should they be told that since they can't get pregnant naturally, they shouldn't be allowed to bear children at all either? Plenty of people need help getting pregnant, I don't its any better at 30 than it is at 60. I personally disagree with fertility treatments cause I think the world has a lot of babies that need homes without creating more mouths to feed, but that is my personal belief and I'm sure it would change if I discovered I was barren :-P
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I don't know if their should be a law, but people should really consider their actions before they have a baby at an older age. Chances are, you won't live to see your kid get married. In some cases, you won't live to see your kid out of high school. It's much easier to say "I will be alive in 30 years" when you are 20. It's a lot harder when you are 40 or 50+. You're kidding yourself if you think you will see your kid into middle age if you're 50, have a baby -- and your life expectancy is somewhere around 80 years old. Think of what you will be doing if you have a heart attack and die. You may very well have a really young kid with no parents. Or, you could have a 20 something kid, and no parents. Sure, I know anyone can kick the bucket...but whose more likely to go first, my 50 year old mother or me? Just like being 13 and a mom is not the most ideal, nor is being 60 and a mom. If you can handle a baby, have a baby. If you can't look after a toddler and can't be relatively sure you will be alive to raise them until they are adults and can fully be on their own -- well, think again.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Chouette, I'm talking about the 54% who said there should be an age limit on motherhood. I wasn't responding to your comment. Although, now that you say it, I think a woman's medical treatments should be between that woman and her doctor.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
"I am really shocked that so many women would be in favor of a law telling a woman when she can have a child!" Who are these women you speak of? No one here has said they were in favor of any laws. And I'm pretty sure NO ONE is talking about disallowing older women from having babies. We're talking about limits on fertility treatments, not reproduction. No one wants to take away the right for a woman to get pregnant on her own, without medical intervention.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
I am really shocked that so many women would be in favor of a law telling a woman when she can have a child! The choice to reproduce (or not reproduce) is so important, and such an essential part of a person's life. I can't imagine why somebody would want to take that away from another woman solely because of her age. Really disturbing.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
Chouette, I agree with you. I don't think it would be right to put a law on it...but I definitely think fertility treatments should have age limits. I understand a woman wanting to be a mother -- but like the woman in this article who died last year and left her children behind -- how is that fair to the children? I think there should be some thought about the future children's life and how it will be affected in that case.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
I don't think there should be laws, but I fully support doctors, clinics and medical associations having age limits for fertility treatments. I think 50 would be a good cap, personally.
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