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Author Topic: Health care system picks up the bill when people want to breed at any cost  (Read 1375 times)

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I have two kids. I can't imagine life without them. Yet I am outraged by the 60-year-old woman in Edmonton who gave birth to twins after what is reported to have been a 40-year struggle to conceive. How can she and her husband be so selfish? What kind of doctor helps a 60-year-old woman get pregnant?

And don't even get me started on the single mother in California, who with six kids already at home set out to produce another litter with the help of a fertility doctor. Or was he a witch doctor?

I recognize the hypocrisy in this. I cherish the emotional bond I have with my children. I enjoy their company. I understand how at 60 Ranjit Hayer and her husband Jagir were lonely.

I don't understand the California breeder's motivation. I don't know if it fits a medical definition, but in my book, desperately seeking children when you already have six, including twins who were barely a year old when she went back for more, borders on insanity. How could a doctor support that ambition? I wonder if the 14 children will be in the care of the state before the octuplets reach their first birthday.

Yet as I thrash around looking for what should have been done in these cases, I continually run into conflicting values with no easy resolution.

I believe women should have control over their own bodies. I don't believe there is a set age at which people should be told they are too old, whether it's too old to work, too old for a hip or knee transplant, or even too old to have children.

I note as an aside the double standard at play when we admire former prime minister Pierre Trudeau's virility for siring a child at 71 while being shocked at the idea a woman 11 years younger would give birth.

I see the studies that show an increase in premature births.

Premature babies are more likely to require hospitalization at birth and to have significant health problems later in life.

I see that premature babies are more likely to be born to older mothers or as part of multiple fetuses. Multiple fetuses, in turn, are more likely if the mother takes fertility drugs.

All this tells me that what I define as a mother's right to decide whether to have a child can affect my health care costs. Fertility treatments are usually not covered by health insurance, but when something goes wrong, we all pay.

After being turned down for fertility treatment in Canada, Hayer went to India for the implantation of an embryo.

But she came back here to have the babies. So taxpayers here are paying a heavy price for her maternal ambition.

She spent a month in hospital because of complications before the birth and one of her twins was still in care as I wrote this.

Hospital costs for the California octuplets are estimated at more than $1 million.

http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=9368129f-35d7-429a-b4b6-c8abea5fd0c8

 

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