Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Oldest women in the world expecting quadruplets sparks IVF debate

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes
Annegret Raunighk has 13 children already.

65-year old Annegret Raunighk, the oldest woman in the world expecting quadruplets, is being frowned upon by many and has sparked debates all over Germany for her in Vitro fertilization pregnancy, considered by politicians and medical experts as "irresponsible and inadvisable."
 

Highlights

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/17/2015 (5 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Quadruplets, IVF, in Vitro, Annegret Raunighk, Germany

span style="line-height: 15.8599996566772px;">MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Raunighk is currently in her fifth month of pregnancy, and has 13 other children, the eldest aged 43.

Germany has very strict laws on IVF treatment and reproductive medicine; they also restrict the number of eggs that can be implanted, and they also ban egg donation.


These laws are partly due to the use of eugenics and manipulation of embryos during the Nazi era. They do not allow lesbian couples to have the IVF treatment, which is why some lesbians, interested in getting the treatment, travel someplace else where they can have their IVF treatments.

Keep God's message with you always -- A Bible is all you need

Since the Ukraine doesn't have strict rules when it comes to IVF treatment, Raunighk traveled to the Ukraine and went to one of their clinics to have the sperm and eggs from donors implanted in her. The doctors didn't expect that all four eggs would develop into embryos.

Karl Lauterbagh, a leading Social democrat expressed dismay over Raunighk's pregnancy. For him, such pregnancy should not be followed as this is a very questionable case of crossing medical and ethical boundaries.

Lauterbagh explained that Raunighk's pregnancy oversteps the medical and ethical mark as artificial insemination in older people may cause risks of underweight babies, premature births, or a lasting damage.

According to Frank Louwen, secretary of the German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, at Raunighks age, her pregnancy could give her high-blood pressure, pregnancy diabetes and pre-eclampsia. The risks in the babies include sight and hearing problems, paralysis or cerebral bleeding.
 
Raunighk said she decided to get pregnant again when her youngest child Lelia, asked to have a sibling.


According to Jens Spahn, a health expert for the Christian democrats, Raunighk's decision is "negligent."

Raunighk, on the other hand, defended her decision in an exclusive interview with German television channel RTL. She says that in her opinion, people should live their lives as they want to. And for her, since this possibility exists, she says she should also be allowed to use it too. She says that she is fit enough to bear children and that she can provide for them.

Raunighk also told tabloid newspaper Bild am Sonntag that at first, she was thinking of giving the babies for adoption but she has decided to keep them all instead, as she claims that it took her a lot of effort to get pregnant.

Stations Of The Cross Rosary BOGO 50% OFF

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this.

Deacon Keith Fournier Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of our readers don't give; they simply look the other way. If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. If Catholic Online has given you $5.00 worth of knowledge this year, take a minute to donate. Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, Catholic information that their work matters. If you are one of our rare donors, you have our gratitude and we warmly thank you. Help us do more >

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Face Mask with Cross BOGO 50% OFF

Saints Fun Facts Coloring Book FREE PDF

Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more

PDF educational & learning resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers and it’s 100% FREE. How to Pray the Rosary, Hail Mary, Our Father, Saints, Prayers, Coloring Books, Novenas, Espanol and more. All FREE to download and faithful to the Magisterium. Download Now >


Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!