New IVF dilemmas make old fears seem quaint

Earlier this month, the 70-year-old mother of two daughters and grandmother to five gave birth via Cesarean section to twins, a boy and girl, at a hospital in India’s Uttar Pradesh state after undergoing infertility treatment. If her age can be verified — she has no birth certificate — she would become the oldest woman ever to give birth.

The critics also were way off the mark with their fears about stigma and loss of dignity. Do you know which of your friends might have been born using in vitro fertilization? Would you care if you did? Society quickly adapted to the idea of starting fetal life in dishes and there is no more stigma associated with being born by IVF than there is to being born via C-section. Even the Catholic Church, which has never approved the break between sex and procreation, has taken a relatively benign view of the use of IVF by married couples.

Today, IVF raises new worries

While the initial worries and fears about IVF were misguided or misplaced, that doesn’t mean there is nothing to worry about now or in the future as reproductive technology evolves

All this on the anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Sad! Just makes me so sad.

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