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A National Concern?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, February 27, 2007 | 0 comments

My thoughts...

According to the Office For National Statistics, over 7,000 girls under the age of 16 became pregnant in 2005. This is cause for national concern, and people want policies to be put in place to prevent this from continuing.

In the same year, 6,500 women over 45 had a live birth. This is called rare, an impossibility. The media tells you that you are too old, and the doctors will tell you that you can't have a baby without their specialized help.

Did you know the abortion rate for girls under 16 and women over 45 is about equal?

Yet women over 45 are still considered infertile....


After reading the following articles:
Pregnant teens: A growing trend?
Quote: According to the Office For National Statistics, over 7,000 girls under the age of 16 became pregnant in 2005.

High Risk Pregnancies Rise in the U.S.
Quote: Other reasons high-risk pregnancies are increasing:
Older moms. In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the U.S. to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 and older.

The end of the line,4273,4477527,00.html
Quote: The idea that women in their 40s, even 50s, should be sexually active and procreating strikes many as faintly obscene - like thinking of your own mother or grandmother having sex. But there are, amazingly, as many over-50s as under-16s having abortions.

Current Mind-Body Fertility Research
Quote: A lot of forty-something women don't realize how fertile they are, which may account for the fact that they are second only to women ages 18-25 in frequency of abortions.

Menopause and Pregnancy
Quote: In fact, about half of perimenopausal women between the ages of 40- and 49-years of age don’t use any contraception, which results in more than 60-percent of unplanned pregnancies and abortions in women over 40.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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