Mother Pregnant With Quadruplets At 65 Refuses “Selective Reduction” Abortion [Video]

For mother of 13 Annegret Raunigk, age is not a sufficient reason to stop living life as she sees fit. This 65-year-old mother chose to undergo in vitro fertilization with donated eggs and sperm, spending a year-and-a-half with several disappointing failed attempts before becoming pregnant. When this mother finally conceived, Annegret was shocked to find out that she would become the mother to not one, but four more babies.

According to the Daily Mail, though doctors suggested “selective reduction,” a process in which one or more babies are aborted to improve the survival rate of the mother and the remaining children, the mother refused. Why would a mother get rid of babies she spent so much time and effort creating? Not only did the mother spend 18 months of her life trying to conceive, but Raunigk obviously treasures children, as evidenced by her large family of 13 kids and the fact that she is a school teacher specializing is Russian and English. The attitude this mother takes regarding the opinions of others is refreshing.

“I think one needs to decide for oneself and not listen too much to the opinions of others.”

Hailing from Berlin, the soon-to-be mother of 17 had to travel to the Ukraine for the medical procedure that allowed her to conceive, reports NBC News, as German law forbids a mother to seek in vitro fertilization after the age of 40.