Friday, January 30, 2009

A Puzzlement

The woman who gave birth to octuplets -- who miraculously seem to be healthy -- is apparently a single woman with six children under the age of seven. The octuplets were conceived with in vitro fertilization, using a sperm donor.

She lives with her parents, who declared bankruptcy just a year ago.

I believe the mother is to be commended for refusing to abort the babies once they were conceived, and I rejoice in their good health, but the strange circumstances of their conception are mind-boggling, to say the least.

There are many more questions here than answers, at least at this point, including whether the entire family is going to be living off of California taxpayers...

Saturday Update: The story just gets worse and of the octuplets' siblings is autistic, and the children's grandmother is not supportive and will be leaving when her daughter is released from the hospital.


Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Who paid for the in vitro? That's not cheap. And I know this is "wrong" to ask, but why on earth is a single woman deliberately conceiving kids? I'm sure at least some of those kids will resent having a sperm donor instead of a daddy when they get older.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm sure wondering, Barb... I'm also wondering what doctor would implant so many embryos. These days they try to keep the numbers implanted relatively low to prevent the occurrence of a large number of multiples if they all "take."

That's just the tip of the iceberg for the questions this raises...

Best wishes,

3:57 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

No wonder she wanted to remain anonymous for as long as possible!

12:03 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Sad but doubtless true, Irene.

Best wishes,

12:05 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Hot Air reports she is asking 2.1 million for public appearances and she already has scheduled appearances on Oprah & Diane Sawyer...

6:33 PM  

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