With most couples deciding to delay parenthood to pursue careers, fertility has become a huge issue in the society. It has also triggered a debate as to what age is the absolute maximum for women seeking IVF treatments.
Most campaigners argue that older parents may die when the child is very young, leaving kids to cope for themselves. However other argue that IVF treatments must be extended to older women who desire to conceive.
Pro-life groups say that since a woman cannot conceive after menopause in a natural way, science must not interfere. But fertility experts like Professor Ian Craft contend that there have been cases of women giving birth after menopause; so IVF facility must be extended to them as well.
It is a catch-22 situation indeed; and until laws are made more stringent, the IVF issue will continue to evoke strong emotions on either side.