Octo-Mom Looking for $2 Million TeeVee Deal

j0185173Well of course she is. It’s the American way.

Mother of octuplets seeking $2M and free diapers for story

A California woman who gave birth to octuplets is at the centre of a major bidding war for her story amid claims she needs the money to care for her 14-strong family.

While reports say some of the biggest names in U. S. television — including Oprah Winfrey, CBS’s Katie Couric and ABC’s Diane Sawyer — are all interested in securing the first interview, Nadya Suleman reportedly hopes to earn as much as $2 million from selling her story. It has also been claimed she wants commercial sponsorship, such as free diapers, and to start a career as a TV child-care expert.

The more we learn about this woman, the clearer it becomes that she is not a well person. So why on earth would fertility doctors go ahead and provide her with fertility treatment?

She is divorced and already has six young children. She lives in a three-bedroom house outside Los Angeles with her parents and has no visible means of financial support. Her parents initially bought her the house but went bankrupt and had to move in with her.

Her family has indicated she may have serious mental health problems. Her mother, Angela, said: ” She is not evil, but she is obsessed with children. She loves children, she is very good with children, but obviously she overdid herself.”

Now, I’m not saying that doctors should decide who can afford to have children and who can’t. From what I understand the entire process is extremely expensive, and if a single woman wants to have a child and can come up with the money for a fertility center, I certainly don’t think the doctors should decide whether it’s “right” or not for her to have a child. The hospital where she gave birth is not saying whether she actually had fertility treatments or not, but AP reports:

The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week conceived all 14 of her children through in vitro fertilization, is not married and has been obsessed with having children since she was a teenager, her mother said.

Angela Suleman told The Associated Press she was not supportive when her daughter, Nadya Suleman, decided to have more embryos implanted last year.

“More embryos”? How about … one embryo? No, her doctors implanted eight embryos, which all were viable. She chose not to abort any of them, and I cannot judge her on this. That is a horribly gut-wrenching decision for any woman to have to make, much less one who clearly has some mental issues centering on an obsession with having children.

Whoever treated this woman has done a terrible thing to her and to her children. They seem to have forgotton a little phrase that begins with “First, do no harm ….”

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6 comments

  1. I do wish the news media would start hammering whatever unethical piece of slime fertility specialist did this. Eight embryos violates all the professional standards.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. I had been under the impression that most fertility centers wouldn’t implant more than 2 or 3 at most. This fertility clinic is unethical. I think people should have to pass a psychological test if they go for in vitro if they have a lot of other children already.

  3. I agree with the previous comments.
    This whole situation has me furious and the stench of irresponsibility is horrid.
    I am usually in favor of helping people, and of programs to help people. That said, the help that this family needs is mental health HELP for (at least) the 3 generations that we have heard about so far.
    I only want money to be used for mental health care for each of them – I do not want ANY money to be used to subsidize their lives. That sounds unfair to the children, who did not have a choice here, but from what I have heard/read I don’t think any of these adults should be involved with children.

  4. 14 kids! it’s like she is starting an organ farm… I think the clinic should be held accountable, the face that they didn’t even know she was carrying an eighth child is astounding. These clinics put as many eggs as possible into the womb to increase the chances that one of them will implant. It’s like a fertilized egg shock and awe, hopefully this sort of thing will lead to scientific innovation that will reduce the chances of multiples.

  5. Like my mom used to say, just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

    She shouldn’t have.

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