Thursday, May 24, 2007

New Mother of Twins -- at Age 60???

More news from the world of the wacky: This week a 60-year-old woman gave birth to twins in New Jersey.

Sixty??? Twins???

So why would she do that?

It's not like she suddenly missed a couple of periods and turned up pregnant. She actually had to go to South Africa to have in-vitro fertilization (presumably because no rational fertility doctor in this country would countenance it).

It's also not like she didn't already have children -- the twins join a happy family of 33, 29 and 6-year-old siblings

What it is apparently all about is sending a message: She says she was on a mission to let women know they have choices(!).

Jesus, I'm all in favor of empowering women to do what they want, to be all they can be, etc etc, but having twins at 60 to prove a point is a little much.

It's also more than a little selfish. And stupid. When those twins get to the "evil teenager" stage in 14 years or so, this woman -- if she's unlucky enough to still be alive -- will be 74 years old.

And if she does die before they get there, they will be warped by the "untimely" loss of their mother.

I have often railed about men my age -- people I know even -- going insane and fathering children late in life, so it's not her gender that is at issue. It's about selfishness and irresponsibility and what is best for a child. It's hard enough for people in their thirties and forties to raise children -- I can't imagine what it would be like at my age.

Children, in order to survive and thrive, need -- have to have -- two strong and active parents in their lives (completely regardless of their marital status, race or gender). These poor kids will sooner rather than later have neither, and it will devolve to their older siblings to raise them after the parents check out an early age due to the stress of keeping up twins. And it will create resentment in them to be saddled with this task by their own irresponsible parents.

I feel the worst for the twins. No matter what happened, those two are pretty much screwed up from the get-go.

1 Comment:

Granny said...

I'm pushing 70 and raising three great-granddaughters who are now 11, 12, and 14.

It was me or the system and the system sucks.

It wasn't bad when they were younger but now I barely survive each day. There is so much I can't do that a younger person could.

Of course women should have choices but I don't know what she could have been thinking.