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Over-50s 'have a right to IVF', says top fertility doctor

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, July 14, 2008 | 0 comments

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Patricia Rashbrook became Britains oldest mother after giving birth at 63Women who are over 50 should have the right to fertility treatment, a top British scientist said today.

Professor Ian Craft said those opposed to older women becoming mothers are guilty of a 'police state mentality'.

The controversial doctor from the London Fertility Centre told a meeting of fertility experts that women have given birth after the menopause, which justifies giving those in their fifties IVF treatment.

Professor Craft, whose clinic helped a 56-year-old woman get pregnant, said: 'Knowing that natural conceptions do occur, why should infertile women be denied treatment that occurs naturally, whether they still menstruate or not?

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