How old is too old to have kids? Should the government be permitted to take your child away if you're an old parent? Take a look at this case from Italy where the judge said yes! There are a lot of bad parents out there. I don't know that age should be the only factor when determining whether a child should stay with her parents. That just seems wrong. That being said, I would not want to have a baby at 57!
FROM NBC: An Italian court has found a 70-year-old man and his 57-year- old wife are too old to raise a toddler and has recommended she be put up for adoption. The couple repeatedly applied to adopt but were turned down on the basis of their age.
They now have an 18-month-old daughter conceived through artificial insemination. The couple reportedly left the girl alone in a car for a few minutes, which was reported by neighbors to social services and the infant was immediately taken into state care. Four judges said the couple didn't consider that the child could be forced to care for elderly parents at a very young age and would eventually be orphaned.
The judges found the couple were driven by what they called "a narcissistic need to have a child." The couple told a reporter today they were being discriminated against because of their age.
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