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India’s Miracle Babies

India’s elderly new mothers: Are doctors playing God, or does every woman have the right to bear a child?

In India, hundreds of women in their 60s and 70s are defying age and having children.

Elderly couples are turning to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to have babies and avoid the stigma associated with being childless in India.

India is now home to the oldest mothers in the world, and a fierce debate is raging over age limits for IVF.

101 East explores the ethics of this growing phenomenon of elderly new mothers and asks, how old is too old to give birth? Are doctors exploiting vulnerable women and misusing science, or fulfilling the right of every woman to bear a child?

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