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Birth Of Octuplets Spurs Debate

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Birth Of Octuplets Spurs Debate
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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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  • grayce By grayce

    I think the doctor should support all of her children until they're all 18. I'm tired of my tax money going towards a psychos dream of a family. This has to stop!

  • kissmecath By kissmecath

    When I see this woman's face on TV, my blood boils! You DON'T have children that you cannot provide for!!!!! Let's see.....who is going to pay for these children to each, get the special medical care they need, send them to school, etc.? WE THE TAXPAYERS WILL PAY FOR IT! I only asked for help from the State once and was told TO SELL ONE OF MY CARS to pay for food!! Never went back. I got another job for a total of two, and paid for everything myself! She just infuriates me!! SHE IS A NUT CASE! Nuff said...

  • Teresajane By Teresajane

    This is such a difficult subject. If the woman could not afford to provide her existing children with a home, then I would say that she definitely should not have been offered the treatment. There are so many in the US who can provide a good loving traditional home for children, but are unable to conceive even with fertility treatment. The sad thing is that so many who cannot provide for their children continue to conceive and the children suffer (as well as the economy). I feel like I should withhold my judgment of the woman. I'm sure we will never know the full (and true) story behind this spectacular event.

  • OlympicTriGirl By OlympicTriGirl

    First of all, if the women is unemployed, already has six kids, and is single, how on earth would you be able to pay for an IVF in the first place, considering most unemployed people do not have health insurance. I think this is a completely sad situation because as a person with these factors affecting her life, there is no way that she will have the financial means to support these children. Plus, the one support that she had in the family, her mother, does not support the decision to have more children. The doctor's should have never done the procedure and instead referred her to some sort of psychologist for help in realizing that there is no possible way to take care of 14 kids, single and unemployed.

  • iheartjulie By iheartjulie

    She is a joke. Yes she has the right to have as many kids as she wants but I think there's fine line between right and wrong. Her other kids were left alone at the house while she was in labor with the octuplets. I mean is she going to be able to take care of all these kids!

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