14 and counting?

I was amazed at the news when the octuplets were born a few weeks ago.


My first thoughts were, in no particular order:


“It couldn’t possibly be a natural conception!”


“The parents must be wealthy (to afford the fertility treatments in the first place) and the subsequent care.”


“Holy laundry, Batman!”


I have wanted children my whole life and a biggish brood at that because I come from a large family (five kids). That I still don’t have children worries me a little (and my Mom greatly) considering my age and the lovely statistics associated with even getting pregnant. I haven’t ruled out fertility treatments but I honestly don’t know if I could go through the disappointment if this also failed.


When the details of the circumstances came out, I was stunned.


Could anyone be more selfish, narcissistic and irresponsible? Where does one even start? (How much time do you have?)


What doctor would even agree to this procedure considering she already had six children (also through in vitro)? Who will stop her from doing this again and is it even ethical to bar her from doing this again?


I don’t think there is any question that there is something wrong with her. She needs help. And I don’t mean to be a b!tch but maybe she stop spending money on the collagen lip injections and buy diapers instead?


Where did she even get the money for these procedures? Her “plans” to provide for her children could not be more ludicrous and her proclamation that she has never been on welfare and would never be on welfare is a clear indication that, if nothing else, she really has no idea what “welfare” is.


Having children is a privilege, not a right. It is easier to have a baby than adopt a dog from the Humane Society. I read an interesting article about large families. One of the viewpoints presented is that it is environmentally irresponsible to have more than two children. I know some people who believe this and while I don’t buy into this argument (I think there much better ways to positively impact the environment), this would be interesting fodder for discussion.


Friends of mine who tried for child #3 and were blessed instead with child #3 and #4 struggled with the decision to even have them because they understood the financial, emotional and potential health consequences (for the twins and the mother). They made the decision that was best for them and one that I fully supported- though they did not appreciate my joke that they would have to sell the four-door sedan and “upgrade” to a mini school bus. (She forgave me.)


My reasoning is that if people can support the children they have emotionally, physically and financially, then we shouldn’t be judging. It may not be for you, but their life is their own. We are supposed to be adults- responsible for our own decisions and the consequences of those decisions.

This story has gone on for over a month now and doesn’t seem to be losing any steam. The coverage is almost gratuitous. I haven’t watched more than two or three minutes of her many interviews. In all honesty, I can’t even look at her anymore.

The bottom line is who will take care of the children- especially now that people are saying there is a possibility she may not be allowed to take the octuplets home. I don’t know what the answers are but I hope cooler heads will prevail and that the primary concern will be what is best for all 14 kids.



~ by angryegg on February 28, 2009.

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