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Originally posted by joey
Granted, you can argue that it's selfish for older people to want to have children and that the children will have a rough go of it because their parents are older. On the other hand, I can make a pretty good argument, that, if selfishness is being considered as a motivation for having a child, we'd also have to judge the very young and poor who have children as selfish. You could just as easily say "Oh how selfish to bring a child into the world when you have no money and are too young to handle children."
Obviously, I wouldn't make that judgement. So, I think that "selfishness" argument doesn't fly.
Having a child is all about love. Young parent, old parents, poor parents, rich parents...it doesn't matter the circumstances, if there is enough love to give, the child will be happy.
And a very good point has been made that 50 isn't what 50 used to be. My grandparents were literally old in their 50s (it wasn't just my childhood imagination). They had worked hard jobs and not received proper medical care. However, today, many of us are fortunate enough to be relatively young at 50..healthwise. Mentally, I don't think there is a "young" or "old"...