“To have them all is unconscionable to me. She really has no idea what she’s doing to her children and to me.”
So says the mother of Nadya Suleman, the woman who last week gave birth to octuplets, and whom, it has been learned, already had six children. According to her mother, Suleman contributes no money to the support of her six children. They live in a disheveled three-bedroom home. All the children were conceived through invitro fertilization with the aid of a sperm donor; there is no father present.
“I’m really angry about that,” Angela Suleman said of the doctor’s decision to perform the procedure.
“She already has six beautiful children, why would she do this?” Angela Suleman said in videotaped interview. “I’m struggling to look after her six. We had to put in bunk beds, feed them in shifts and there’s children’s clothing piled all over the house.”
This is an outrageous situation. Although I am cautious concerning government intrusion into private lives, I’m convinced these children are at risk, and, likely, a case can be made that they are being mistreated. Babies are charming and appealing: They are not dolls, though, to be bought and fondled, then when their newness wears off, shuttled aside while a new one (or eight) is grown. These are little people with feelings and emotions and cavernous needs. Think of those eight tiny ones lying in the hospital at this moment, their infinitesimal purple bodies poked with needles and insulted by tubes. And…according to her mother…Suleman cannot even care for the six she already had, when, seemingly because of her obsession with having babies, she had live embryos implanted into her body.
What doctor would have engaged in such an action as this? How did she afford these services? Is this medical malpractice? Is it any of my business?
I say it is my business…because of the children; the six she had already, and the eight she has added to her life. It should not happen again. God help these children, the mother and the grandparents.