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I Wish the Octuplets Weren't Born in California

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Yesterday, 46 doctors, nurses and assistants delivered a set of octuplets by Caesarean section. Although all babies were miraculously born alive, which is wonderful, I less than thrilled they were birthed here in my home state of California. We're already bankrupt enough!

woman showing empty pocket

Guest Blogger Samantha: Yes, it's a miracle the octuplets were born happy and healthy, and I hope they stay that way.

But I just wish I wasn't footing the bill!

The babies were born in my home state of California. In case you haven't heard, we're going bankrupt.

We've been told that instead of state income tax returns, we'll likely instead receive a "registered warrant." Translation: an IOU.

California's Controller John Chiang warns that by the end of February, the nation's most populous state may not be able to pay some of its debts, and instead be reduced to issuing those creditors IOUs.

So who foots the bill for the octuplets? We all do!

Mark Perloe, MD and E. Scott Sills, MD, of the Atlanta Reproductive Health Center,
say that no one likes to count pennies when it comes to health care, especially for premature babies, but these multiple births are accompanied by huge expenses. Doctors caring for the octuplets born in Houston in 1998 estimated the babies' care cost at least $2 million (about $250,000 per infant) before they even went home. Add the likely expenses for providing ongoing medical care after the babies left the hospital, and the cost quickly soared into the millions.

Regarding the ballooning cost of multiple births, there's no free ride, according to Dr. Perloe and Dr. Sills. All of us will pay for this medical care. As a result, insurance companies could deny coverage for aggressive fertility treatments or raise everyone else's insurance premiums.

We don't know if the parents of the octuplets will or will not take federal aid. But if they do, that means every tax payer helps pay for this multiple birth. And those of us in California can't afford one more mouth to feed!

Do you think it's financially irresponsible to have eight babies, especially in this economy? Comment below.

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Zero pop proponent February 1, 2009, 9:43 AM

I practiced zero population growth and this world has to get back to it - there are no jobs, no money and I must concur - we all will be paying for these children in one way or another. Zero population growth!!!

tired of it all February 1, 2009, 9:44 AM

This was a single mother who already has 6 little kids - no husband, no job - but a great sperm donor… She is not going to be able to pay for these kids - she and all of the others live in a 2 bedroom house! Yuck!! This is a science experiment gone bad - and the doctors should lose their licenses. The mother is a wacko, and the kids should be taken from her and put in decent homes!

Anonymous February 1, 2009, 10:16 AM

This should never of been allowed, who is the irresponsible Dr. that is reasonsible for it, maybe he should be the one paying. This women isn’t married, isn’t working and already has more than enough kids at home……No one should donate anything as she is a irresponsible FOOL!!!!!

Bill February 1, 2009, 10:45 AM

Many of the contributors are referencing 8 babies. Yes, she had 8, THIS TIME, she also has 6 plus she is single. This means, for the mathematically challenged, 14 children. If you read the neighbors interviews you find that her parents have destituted themselves supporting her and the first 6. This woman is a danger to society in a world that is becoming overpopulated and it is reasonable to presume that she is and will be “sucking at the public trough” for many years. This type of person feeds the negative image that many have of people on welfare and demeans those who truly deserve assistance. SHE IS A GOOD ARGUMENT FOR ENORCED STERILITY.

Dok February 1, 2009, 11:00 AM

That Gal should have a Secratary to keep track of the the Food Stamps !!
Could she could License her house (Tax Free) as an Orphanage ??

rwh February 1, 2009, 11:11 AM

readthe news shes not married and you will pay

June February 1, 2009, 11:14 AM

there aught to be a legal limit to the number of children a person can have…

rwh February 1, 2009, 11:15 AM

should have fixed her after two

kb February 1, 2009, 11:30 AM

What I have read and heard about the birth and background of this woman is wrong on sooo many levels that it makes my head spin. First there is NO THEM…this is a 33 year old single woman who lives in a house with her parents and her 6 other children (all of her now 14 children were fertilized by the same donor). Her parents lost their home supporting her and the 6 other children and then they had to move in with her in the house that they bought for her and the other 6 children. The Grandfather is going back to Iran to work and help support this family she has birthed. So what part of this sounds like a loving and caring daughter and mother that she would put her parents and children in such a financial mess just because she wants to have a lot of children? If you don’t believe that the tax payers of California and kind hearted citizens are going to help support this family for many years to come then you my friend are living in a hole. The doctor who participated and allowed this to happen should loose his license. Stories like this give society a bad attitude about IVF and fertility drugs and the careless way they are being used. I don’t believe this is what the scientists had in mind when they invented this wonderful way for childless families to have a child. Think what you want, but the fact is, this woman didn’t need any more children then the 6 she already has that she can’t afford to feed, cloth and give shelter to without the sacrafice and help of her parents. How can anyone think she is being the least bit responsible for her actions once you know the whole truth about what just happened.

Lorelei February 1, 2009, 11:30 AM

I agree. Her freedom to live however she likes ends when it bumps into mine. I have one kid - couldn’t responsibly afford any more on my and my husband’s salaries. No one paid for my choices so I shouldn’t have to pay for hers.

martininsocal February 1, 2009, 11:44 AM

For those who keep telling those to move if they don’t like it- Guess what? They ARE! Native Californians are leaving in larger numbers than those being born here. The only way California doesn’t lose population is due to foreign immigrants. The State has been bleeding money and not replacing all of it for decades and now the chickens are home to roost. 14 babies to an unwed mother on public assistance…Yeah, great idea!

ponti122 February 1, 2009, 11:46 AM

If you want a limit on babies… go live in communist China

will have to teach them February 1, 2009, 11:46 AM

All of you who are criticizing the blogger are the ones who are out of touch. This girl was terribly irresponsible and quite frankly I, as a California resident all my life, am tired of footing the bill. And yes, you fools, we will all be paying. This has nothing to do with whether or not someone has the “right” to have children. This has to do with people having children they cannot possibly afford on their own, who will not have the time or energy to put in what’s needed for their education, and who will extend their hand and feel to entitled to services they do not contribute to…I, for one, and sick an tired.

will have to teach them February 1, 2009, 11:53 AM


AMEN!!! I also had only one child because it was what i could afford and do well. The problem is exactly as you stated….when her choices affect ours, it becomes a problem. I am amazed at how many don’t get this.
Come sit in my classroom for a day and you’ll see how many students I have who’s parents are irresponsible, overwhelmed, not working, and still having more babies. They want free breakfast, free lunch, free interpreters, but they put no, and i mean NO, effort into supporting their own child at home. It’s enough already!!

Carol February 1, 2009, 11:53 AM

If you can’t feed them, don’t have them. If you do not have the financial means to raise a child, you have no right to bring them into this world. If you cannot take care of your own offspring, you shouldn’t make the irresponsible decision to bring a child or children into poverty. It only perpetuates the problem.

kp February 1, 2009, 11:59 AM

it’s wonderful that all the babies were born in good health. No one knows if they will take any money from the state, what does that matter. And for the comment about illeagal immagrants maybe you should know your facts before you run off at the mouth. illeagal immagrants dont get food stamps or medicaid, or medicare or housing or anything such as that. maybe they’re children THAT WERE BORN HERE (which makes them citizens….same as your children and mine) get food stamps or such. But what is causing the goverment to go broke is NOT illeagal immigrants or 8 new babies,its highly overpaid goverment officals who dont know how to do the job there are being paid so much to do.

No More Babies February 1, 2009, 11:59 AM

I’m tired of all the wellfare going to illegals and people like this women of the 8 LITER babies! What a sham. This women should be made to work to pay back all the money that her Liter is costing the State of California. No one should give her a dime for pictures etc., for anything. Do not support this women in anyway.

will have to teach them February 1, 2009, 12:09 PM

First things first….spell check!!!
Second, perhaps you have a soft spot for all of those anchor babies being born here and “entitled” to services. Perhaps you are even an anchor baby yourself or climbed over the border to drop one here….It changes nothing. Their parents don’t belong here and they don’t belong here.
And one more thing…perhaps you should get YOUR facts straight before running off at the mouth. Illegal immigrants and their families, including their children, are ABSOLUTLEY draining our state. You need a little reality check.

Carol February 1, 2009, 12:13 PM

Children that were born here by illegal immigrants are a drain on American taxpayer dollars. Their parents are not paying into the system, but they still draw from it. My immigrant ancestors entered this country LEGALLY. That is the difference. We belong here. Illegal immigrants are criminals. They do not belong here. They do not deserve the same civil rights that Americans have, because they are not Americans.

Chris February 1, 2009, 12:13 PM

These kids are a power trip for this mother. She can’t afford them, but wants them. How can you raise 14 kids to be healthy and happy? how can you possibly give them all the attention they need?

Even if she was a multimillionaire and was paying all the expenses I would think it is irresponsible to make all these people.

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