Accepted paper:

Postmenopausal pregnancies: some ethical issues

Authors:

Subir Biswas (West Bengal State University)
Gargi Saha (Bose Institute)

Paper short abstract:

Postmenopausal pregnancies have been controversial as ethical factors weigh heavily in the decision to have a child of postmenopausal women. Present paper intends to explore such issues to understand ethical and other issues behind postmenopausal pregnancies.

Paper long abstract:

A woman's reproductive age, once a dictate of nature, now has been challenged and artificially extended by using donated oocytes fertilized in vitro and transferred to their uteri. Postmenopausal pregnancies have been and will remain controversial as there are overlapping interests of national, religious, medical, legal, social, cultural as well as ethical views. Medical, psychological, and ethical factors weigh heavily in the decision to have a child of postmenopausal women. Again the perspectives are of different in nature-from prospective mother's side as well as to be born child's rights. Postmenopausal pregnancies also widen the scope of reproductive options and challenge conventional ideas and theories about motherhood, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting as well as evolutionary perspective. Present paper intends to explore such issues and discuss accordingly to understand ethical and other issues behind postmenopausal pregnancies.

panel LD05
Urbanization and reproductive health (IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology)