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Guest Blogger I'm Just Sayin':

nadya suleman and a baby

I am no fan of Nadya Suleman. In fact, mentally, I think she is "one taco short of a combination plate" if you know what I mean ... but do I think her "case" should be cause for government to be allowed to dictate to women how many children they can have? Hell no!

I realize the bills pending in Georgia and Missouri are designed to address the number of fertilized embryos a woman could create and implant through in-vitro treatments. I also understand the concern that women like Nadya Suleman will turn to public assistance to support their families -- but isn't this going too far? How is it really any different than families that don't use birth control and have eight children? If Jon and Kate were poor, would they be featured on TLC or would they be the subject of legislation?

Is Nadya Suleman fit to be the mother of 14 children? I doubt it, but if hospitals across the country did as much to review the fitness of parents that left the hospital with one baby as they are with Octomom perhaps there would be a lot less child abuse and unnecessary child fatalities caused by negligence.

I'm just sayin ...


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TRo March 25, 2009, 6:28 AM

I don’t think the new legislation has anything to do with the total number of children a woman can have, but addresses the number of embryos to be implanted during such a procedure. That legislation is not looking at the socieconomic situation of these individuals, it’s looking after the health and well-being of mother and child. The number of multiples in excess of two increases pregnancy complications and increases the risk of long-term health complications for the children.

Look at the legislation as a preventative such as drug use during pregnancy. Crackhead mothers can be charged with child endangerment once the child is born with a drug addiction. To deny regulation on the number of implanted embryos follows along a similar slippery slope.

Would you favor one and not the other? They both endanger the health of the child.

Sigh March 25, 2009, 7:31 AM

No one is trying to regulate the number of children any woman can have. They are trying to regulate the number of embryos that can be implanted in a single IVF cycle. So if you want to have eight kids, then fine — get pregnant four to eight times and don’t try to do it all at once. It isn’t safe for the mother OR the babies. Octomom’s babies are likely to have serious learning disabilities and other problems as a result of their mother’s recklessness. I have no problem with regulations on this issue.

Gigohead  March 25, 2009, 9:19 AM

Its a shame that it takes the government to get involved when careless people like Nadya Suleman take advantage of the system. It’s apparent to me that she was more interested in selfishly bringing a new toy to play with while her poor mother raises the babies who all of the sudden “grew up”.

Well Nadya, surprise, surprise, they grow up.

birdsfly March 25, 2009, 1:05 PM

Gigo has a good point, she does kind of remind me of the people that buy a puppy and then once it grows up they don’t want it anymore so they tie it in the backyard and buy a new puppy.

Anonymous March 25, 2009, 1:48 PM

We’ve got a global population crisis. People are starving. We need some serious global population regulation. I know it sucks to have our rights taken away or restricted, but that doesn’t justify having a bunch of babies just because you can. It’s time to think more about adoption and regulation than worrying about limits on how many babies we should or should not be allowed to shoot out of our vagina.

CatB March 25, 2009, 2:09 PM

Like people before mentioned, the government is looking to regulate the number of embryos implanted, not how many children a person can have. It’s a medical issue, and legislating medical issues isn’t anything new.

As far as looking out for the safety of her children, it’s only natural that she’s facing some criticism and scrutiny. Any time doctors or nurses have reason to question a child’s safety they are obligated to report it. Guess what? Having 8 babies when you already have 6 older children gives doctors a reason to question your children’s safety.

Yeah, most people aren’t under the same amount of scrutiny, but she brought most of it on herself by inviting cameras and reporters into her home.

The fact that she seems completely delusional during interviews only makes it that much worse.

Anonymous March 25, 2009, 3:05 PM

We taxpayers are happy to help poor people who work hard and just can’t get over the top. As a society have to draw the line at people like this, of which Nadya is just an extreme example, who see having children as a path to financial comfort on either on the government’s or the father’s dime.

She is getting well-deserved scorn; her children must be taken away. California is just trying to figure out a way to do it and keep the 14 somewhat together.

ame i. March 25, 2009, 6:56 PM

As far as I’m concerned, a parent can have as many children as they want providing they do not depend on government assistance to care for the children.
Once a woman on welfare has2 children,there should be a “ceiling” on the amount of goverment dollars she receives.

SEAuENtea March 26, 2009, 7:02 PM

Regulating the amount of kids people have is alot more difficult ever since “Bowling for Columbine”, this is because K-mart NO LONGER SELLS BULLETS

ron March 28, 2009, 2:58 PM

Ego maniac- begging, welfare, kid ignoring, waste of flesh, iraqi


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