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Birth Of Octuplets Spurs Debate

Birth Of Octuplets Spurs Debate

One young mother and her eight new babies are causing quite a stir in the news recently.  Because of the details surrounding Nadya Suleman’s case, the ethics involved in the birth of her octuplets has become much debated over.  Suleman, who is a 33-year-old single mother of six children from previous in-vitro procedures, currently lives with her parents.

Nadya Suleman's mother, Angela Suleman, has expressed concern over her daughter’s actions and recently told the Associated Press that she was not supportive of her decision to have more children.  Angela Suleman has told the press that her daughter was obsessed with having children and has talked about it since she was a teenager.

The Associated Press reports that all of the 8 babies, 6 boys and 2 girls, were delivered by Cesarean section.  The babies weighed anywhere between 1 pound, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 4 ounces.  Seven of the eight babies are breathing on their own while one remains on a respirator.  It took 46 doctors and staff to assist in the delivery of these octuplets. 

Much of the recent debate has been about whether doctors should have offered the 33-year-old mother of six the option to undergo in-vitro fertilization treatment.  Ethicists also question why the doctors would have implanted so many embryos.  And still others worry about how the mother will raise 14 children, now ranging in age from newborn to 7 years old and whether she will end up relying on public assistance.

A former caregiver to Nadya Suleman’s autistic son, Yolanda Garcia, spoke with the Long Beach Press-Telegram about the mother’s recent delivery.  She said, “From what I could tell back then, she was pretty happy with herself, saying she liked having kids and she wanted 12 kids in all.” 

What do you think of the news about the recent octuplet birth?

Do you think doctors are at fault for allowing this mother to receive fertility treatment?


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  • meowmix By meowmix

    it is also not fair to her mother who raised her family and never gets to take a guiltless break! I raised my kids, love my grandchildren, but their parents will raise them, not me!

  • lvknisley By lvknisley

    Bottom line is what is in the best interest of the children. When going to adopt a child or even a pet for that matter you have to go through a lot before making this happen. And it just seems like this dr who did the in-vitro didnt do his job trying to find out about the mother. From everything I heard the grandmother begged the dr not to do the procedure indicating the mother was unemployed and all ready had so many children. How is she going to take care of them? How is this fair to the kids who are already at home. I have 2 children, I am married and work full time and it is so hard to find quality time to spend with the 2 I have. The thought of 14 is just down right scary!

  • illysnunu By illysnunu

    It's not fair for anyone, even all of us. We're the ones footing the bill for this woman's insane desire to have so many children. And then she has the nerve to ask for donations??? It's appalling. The dr. is so wrong. She is so wrong. I feel horrible for her mother. Does this young lady (I really want to say "twit") realize what a tough spot she's put her mother in? I believe she's way to selfish to have ny children, let alone 14.

  • iokijo By iokijo

    To all of the posters who commented this was ok because "she loves her childeren".. how do you know that.. because she says so? .. personally I think she "loves" the idea of babies.. that's different than the reality of it. Go work at a daycare. For all the people who can not have children traditionally, I think it's wonderful IVF has come to the level it is at. I wish it was at this level 25 yrs ago for my sisters sake..These people have to go thru so much to be able to have a family, as do those who adopt. I just hate to see what her actions are going to cause in this area...

  • iokijo By iokijo

    cont. "A person should be able to have as many children as they want".. BULL.. it takes more than financial ability to raise a stable contibuting person. "Just because you can, does not mean you should".. I have no kids.. not because I can't have them, but because I shouldn't.. I do not have the temperment or personality to raise kids. I have no desire to have a permenent partner [ although I don't think that is a must, but I think a partner helps].. I do not have the genetics for it.. bluntly I'm a medical misfit, and have no desire to pass that to another person. On top of that now I don't have the finacial stability to raise a kid..... "Just because I can doesn't mean I should"

  • iokijo By iokijo

    "People use to have lots of kids & it wasn't a problem" they did it usually because of religions telling them birthcontrol was a damning offense...they needed the extra work hands for the farm,and in many cases the infant mortality was high & they were hoping a couple survived... yes in some countries its still the norm. and if its not from one of the above its from stupid men that think their power is proven by a butt load of kids they rarely ever see. as to the women who have a bunch of kids naturally being all right even though they cant afford them... wrong... one while on welfare can be a mistake.. 2 ought to get you inplanted.. you choose to have kids.. you pay for them.

  • iokijo By iokijo

    and for the mention of the "crackheads" etc... if you are going to have offspring like an animal and walk away unlike most animals, then you ought to be spayed like an animal. Having and raising kids should be seen as a privilage to do, since it is an incredible responsibility {and I don't mean like only for the rich etc..} Not a right you have just because you can. I feel really sorry for those kids. And this limit is a pain!!!! you want us to comment and discuss... then let us.

  • duvessa By duvessa

    In my opinion I think there should be a limit to how many children you can have by in-vitro. The doctors should not have put so many embryos in her this time as the last, if any at all. To me this woman is just obsessed with kids and of course the government is helping her. Not to be mean I know there are people who truly do need the help but she is not one of them. She has made herself one of them so she does not have to work ever. I think she should definitely get her tubes tied now so she can't have anymore and child welfare should watch her closely because she will need to take care of those kids.

  • blackcat35 By blackcat35

    Maybe she's a fan of Jon&Kate plus 8? Even though they didn't ask for a show look at all of the perks they get! Only he works as an IT analyst and now they can afford a huge house and all of those vacations and trips here and there and hair plugs and plastic surgery for her doesn't that sensationalize multiple births?

  • mamanordy By mamanordy

    It is not our business. I think everyone should leave her alone. If she wants to have a lot of babies/children, that is her perogative. I think the media is too nosy about this. Leave the woman alone!

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