By now, you’ve probably heard about Nadya Suleman or, as she’s probably better known, the Octomom. She’s that mother of six who had herself artificially inseminated with eight additional babies and is now the mother of 14.
This situation has created a firestorm across the country with people being understandably angry about the fact that this was done by a woman who is already on public assistance and lives with her mother in a house that is in foreclosure. And the anger does not stop with Suleman. There are a lot of people in America who are calling for the doctor who did this to be hauled away in handcuffs and leg irons.
Let me give you a few of my thoughts. First, we need to understand that this sort of thing is exactly what we must be prepared to accept whenever man decides to play God.
Second, while Suleman is certainly no hero here, the only difference between what she did and what many other people have done is that she did not have some of her children killed. In fertility clinics, it is not at all uncommon for multiple embryos to be implanted and then, if more are successful than wanted, the “extras” are dealt with through a process called “selective reduction.” That’s a nice way of saying abortion.
For a better explanation of this procedure, I offer the one published in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 21, 1988: “Using ultra-sound to locate each fetus, the doctors would insert a needle into the chest cavity of the most accessible fetus and place the needle tip into the heart of the baby. Potassium chloride was then injected into the heart, and the heart was viewed on the ultra-sound screen until it stopped beating. Even at 9 weeks, 3 of the 12 fetuses selected for elimination presented problems. The heart continued to beat and the procedure had to be repeated.”
Just so you know, that is what many people are saying Suleman should have done.
Third, even though some radical hard-left pro-aborts have attacked Suleman over this deal, let’s not think for one moment that they would not be riding to her defense if she had chosen to have 14 abortions.
Fourth, we should not forget that Suleman was the mother of six, is now the mother of 14, and has never once been married. And it speaks volumes about the moral collapse of our country when that is not part of the national conversation we are having about this situation. Of course, that’s probably too much to ask in a nation that has made it perfectly acceptable, if not trendy, for single women to become intentionally pregnant. I would also suggest that for those of you who don’t think this is a legitimate issue, just round up a room full of teenage girls and ask them how many celebrities they can name who have done this very thing.
Finally, as for the doctors involved, why don’t we just make them legally responsible for the financial support of these children. After all, their role in the pregnancy is roughly similar to that of the male in a normal conception. If we start applying that standard to these people, my suspicion is that we won’t be having any more Octomoms.