67-Year-Old Had In Vitro Fertilization

A 67-year-old who gave birth to twins last month lied to a Los Angeles fertilization clinic.

A 67-year-old woman who is believed to be the world’s oldest new mother told a British Sunday newspaper she lied to a U.S. fertility clinic — saying she was 55 — to get treatment.
Carmela Bousada said in her first interview since she gave birth to twin boys on Dec. 29 that she sold her house in Spain to raise $59,000 to pay for in vitro fertilization at a California clinic, The News of the World reported.

“I think everyone should become a mother at the right time for them,” Bousada said in a video of the interview provided to Associated Press Television News.

It strikes me as unethical to artificially impregnate a woman at 55. Then again, clearly, they weren’t too awfully concerned with such things if they are just taking people’s word on their age.

FILED UNDER: Health, , , ,
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. randall says:

    How strange,when the children graduate from high-school their mother will be about 85 years old. My mother is 67 and she has 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.This seems kind of sad. I wish these children well. I know there are a lot of grandparents raising there grandchildren because the parents can’t stand up to the task. Still it seems somewhat selfish to parent a child at such an advanced stage in life.

  2. floyd says:

    The “$/ethics exchange rate” is favorable these days when buying ethics!

  3. David L says:

    The ethical problems are illustrated by the mother’s admission that she looking to marry a much younger man so that he can parent her twins. .

    Good luck.

  4. Steve Verdon says:

    Yes, but where is ken to tell me that this was all need based vs. want based?