The judge has some straight talk for Nadya Suleman, the mother of the octuplets.
Judge Jeanine Pirro presides daily over her courtroom on the popular show "Judge Jeanine Pirro." What does this no-nonsense judge have to say about Nadya Suleman, the octuplets' mom? Here are her thoughts:
Here's a woman who wears motherhood on her sleeve but doesn't display mom-like behavior. And a doctor who implanted six embryos in a woman who already had six children.
To me, this is the height of irresponsibility to have this many children. You've exhausted workman's comp to get infertility treatments, you're using student loans to feed your children, in addition to collecting disability for three of kids and being on welfare. Outrageous!
Nadya Suleman says she is going to finish her master's degree and then go to work. Any woman with 14 children who thinks she's going to work without a full staff of helpers is just not living in reality.
As a family court judge who has decided on these kinds of issues, I'd like to know: WHY 14 children? How are you going to care for them? Who is going to get the kids to all the after-school activities, make the doctor's appointments, do the grocery shopping? There is absolutely no way one mother can do it all. She has no link to reality.
Getting beyond the number of FOURTEEN kids, I'd say: You don't have a partner in this! Medicaid is paying 1.3 million dollars for the hospital stay, we the taxpayers will pay 1.3 million to 2.7 million to support these kids since the mother has no visible means of support. They're living with her parents in a three-bedroom house. 17 people in 3 bedrooms -- you do the math!
I absolutely think the fertility doctor should face disciplinary charges because the standard of care is two embryos and he implanted six.
As a judge, I would question the stability of the mother, and whether she is a fit mother for these children. It is only a matter of time before California Child Protective Services gets involved.
I know a lot of big families who are happy and successful, but they have houses and jobs and ways to support their family. Their kids came one or two at a time, and are staggered in ages. SIblings become built-in babysitters. But this is crazy -- 14 kids under the age of 7! Here you've got an Angelina Jolie wannabe who's taking advantage of medical science and sucking the system dry for everything it will give her.
|Judge Jeanine Pirro is an attorney, prosecutor and politician who served as a county judge before serving as the elected district attorney of Westchester County in New York for 12 years. Judge Jeanine lives in Rye, New York, and is the mother of two college-age children.|