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India considering law to institute age limit on IVF treatments for women

May 28, 2017

India has seen a boom in in-vitro fertilization treatments in recent years, with tens of thousands of IVF clinics opening up across the country over the last decade. As in many other countries, this proliferation has opened up a debate about having children at a later age, with fertility experts pointing to health concerns and the risk that parents might not live to see their children become adults. Currently, the Indian Parliament is considering a law that would cap the age for such treatments at 50. One controversial doctor, Dr. Anurag Bishnoi of Hisnar, has treated patients well past that age — with at least two patients giving birth at 70. While he’s seen as a “savior” by many of his patients and technically isn’t breaking any laws, some of his colleagues see him as a “rogue” physician who is trying to make money from desperate patients — and taking unnecessary risks to do so. In most countries, ethical guidelines stipulate that IVF treatments should be cut off between 45 and 50. “We don’t endorse making mothers out of grandmothers,” said Dr. Narendra Malhotra, who heads the Indian Society For Assisted Reproduction. “It’s too risky for the women. Their bodies are not designed to bear children after 50.” Bishnoi defends his practice by saying he only approves his patients after subjecting to them to a series of medical examinations, and none of his patients have died so far. “They are soldiers of their family,” he says, comparing his patients to the military. “And of course the risks involved are there, but soldiers don’t care.”

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