As the news breaks that the mother of the recently born octuplets also has six other children at home and refused "selective abortion" to reduce the number of fetuses, some people are outraged at the lack of regulation on women using artificial (in vitro fertilization) means to have so many children.
We knew very little about the new mother until a family acquaintance told CBS’ "The Early Show" on Thursday that the mother is "fairly young" and lives with her parents and her six children. Watch the video below.
Soon after, media camped out at the family’s home in Whittier, Calif. The babies’ grandfather pulled up in a minivan and spoke to the Associated Press. Beside him were two children — ages 6 and 7 — who admitted they were excited to have eight new brothers and sisters.
Even Cindy Margolis is horrified at this news. And she’s the most photographed babe on the Internet.
"If this woman definitely used fertility drugs to have the eight kids," said Margolis, author of "Having a Baby When the Old-Fashioned Way Isn’t Working," to momlogic, "I am both happy and angry at the same time. Happy that the babies were healthy, but really angry that a woman with six beautiful and healthy children would feel the need to bring more children into the world."
Margolis told momlogic that she’s confused why the mom used fertility drugs in the first place. "This woman obviously had no such problem [getting pregnant] and was just being either selfish or immature — or a little of both."
Margolis’ son Nicholas was born after she received IVF treatments.
Her twin girls, Sabrina and Sierra, were born with a
surrogate’s aid. "When you can’t get pregnant the old-fashioned way … the path to motherhood is a long, rocky and sometimes heartbreaking journey."
Margolos hopes the babies will be well cared for.
When so many children are dying of starvation and disease around the world, and when so many childless couples are trying hard to have one child, isn’t it selfish to produce eight more?
Should there be more regulations or guidelines on how many children can be conceived in this way?
Is this woman bucking for a reality show?
And boy, didn’t those doctors — Dr. Karen Maples and Dr. Harold Henry — get some major headlines.
Your thoughts? This is obviously an issue that our society will continue to face in the future. What’s the solution? Should there be one?