About two weeks ago, a woman in California gave birth to 8 children. This is the second time octuplets were born in the US, about 10 years after the first set were born to a Nigerian couple in Texas.
However, this time was a bit different. The mother of the 8 children is an unemployed single mom living on workman’s compensation and food stamps, who paid about $100,000 to a private expensive Beverly Hills fertility specialist to implant 8 embryos in her uterus. This single mom, already gave birth to six other children, all through the artificial means.
The birth of these children raises a ton of legal and ethical questions.
1. Considering that the cost of raising a single child to adulthood is about $200,000, does a woman who has no income have the right to use artificial means to bring 14 children into the world?
2. Is it ethical for a physician to artificially bring about the birth of 14 children to a mother who has no known financial means of raising these children?
3. Is it proper for a physician to artificially bring children into a single parent household?
4. Should a woman who is living on public funds be able to use that money to create more children who will most probably be living on public funds?
5. Is this a good thing or something that we don’t want to happen again?
6. Is this is something that we as a society should prevent? If so, how should we go about doing this?
These are just some of the comments and issues that have been brought up surrounding this story.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about this.
On the one hand, I very much value life and children and I think it would be cool to have 8 children all at one shot. Instant family. (My wife does not share this sentiment.)
On the other hand, ignoring the economic and societal problems of this particular case, I have a very bad feeling about the whole situation. It seems ‘improper’ to use such artificial means to come to such an unusual and unnatural end.
I would love to hear your opinion on this. Please leave a comment on this.
Anthony Kane, MD
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All I am saying is that you will need to pay three times the price for it.