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Elder woman pregnant with quadruplets after several artificial insemination

A 65-year-old German woman, Annegret Raunigk, mother of 13 children and grandmother of seven, has become pregnant again, this time with quadruplets, according to various media reports this Sunday. If the pregnancy goes to term, this teacher will become the oldest mother to give birth to quadruplets in the world. Despite already having a large family, she did not think twice about resorting to several artificial insemination procedures in the last year and a half to give her youngest, a 9-year-old girl, the little brother or sister that she had asked for. The last attempt exceeded her expectations, and the four eggs implanted were fertilised. A teacher of English and Russian, Ms. Raunigk, despite being of retirement age (and indeed she must do so this year) is not concerned with either her age or what people will say. “I’m not afraid. I just assume that I will stay healthy and fit”, she assured German television station RTL. In 2005, the future mother of quadruplets already drew media attention when she give birth to a baby girl at the age of 55. Her current pregnancy is being monitored by several doctors and for the moment is progressing without complications, according to the German press (COLPISA, 12-IV-2015).

From an ethical point of view, we believe that encouraging a elder woman pregnancy in  raises major questions, both for the woman and for her future children.

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