Originally Posted by jcat
I'm sorry, but to me this is a prime example of overstepping bounds, i.e., that just because something may be technologically possible, like cloning humans, doesn't mean it should be done. Even if this woman and her husband live another 20 years, the child will be orphaned at a young age, or forced to care for elderly parents when she should be enjoying her teens and getting an education. Isn't is irresponsible to have a child at this late an age?
In my opinion, yes. But I also think it's irresponsible to use fertility drugs to create litters of babies, and I think it's irresponsible to have a baby as a teenager, and I think it's irresponsible to have a baby you can't afford to care for, etc., etc., but all of those seem to happen a lot, and people don't seem to kick up much of a fuss about those (well, maybe about the litters), so I don't see how this is any worse, I guess - at least it's less common. But no, I don't agree with it at all - I guess I just wonder why people don't mind commenting negatively about this (not referring specifically to you or anyone else in this thread commenting negatively on it, just people in general), but they'll pat 16-year-old Ashlee who already has two babies and lives on welfare and is 'TTCing' baby number three with her boyfriend of six months (yes, there's actually a girl with this very story on another forum I post in, and yes she regularly gets patted on the back) on the back for having to grow up so fast and take care of her kids (duh, you're supposed to take care of your kids if you have them, it's not something you deserve kudos for), or at the very least take on an 'I'm not going to judge' type of attitude. Just, the double standard seems a bit odd to me (and I'm not implying that anyone in this thread subscribes to this double standard, either, because I don't know if that's the case or not, but in that other forum I post in, the teen welfare mother lauding goes on all the time, yet in a thread about this same woman, everyone talked about how irresponsible and wrong it was - that blows my mind a bit).