Saturday, February 07, 2009
My friend K had a girl's night at her house last night - complete with crafting (I mastered my fear of the hot glue gun!), desserts and Sliding Doors.
(And yes, for those of you who are wondering, John Hannah is straight! Married, though...tough luck.)
So one of K's friends, C, is seven months pregnant with her second boy. We all got to talking about the pitfalls of mammalian birth (Pheromone Girl, you have just achieved superhero status, after the rib-spreading stories - I wince at papercuts), and the subject of the California woman who had octuplets - and now has a total of 14 kids - came up. Whew, how's that for a run-on sentence?
"I almost feel like a breeder having a second one," C said. "But 14?! Forget about social responsibility - and having enough resources - how do those kids get enough love and attention?"
I thought that was a really good point.
I don't have children and don't plan to, but I do have a set of younger siblings and I know what a scramble it is for my parents, even with my dad at home most of the time and my brother babysitting.
It's pretty obvious that this woman has some mental health issues. This is a conundrum, though - on the one hand, I wouldn't want the government to be able to tell people whether or not they can breed. On the other hand, though, who is the doctor that kept implanting this woman? Aren't there supposed to be some restrictions? Some psychological testing? Some limitations, because of the huge health risk to both the mother and babies?
And am I a bitch because I can't BELIEVE she likely funded this from her $165,000 in disability payments, and there is no partner to help her raise them? I am not against single parenthood, but 14?!
It's enough people to have a strike!
And what about all of the kids in orphanages around the world that are would love to go home to a family? Wouldn't that be a better option than popping them out like puppies?
What do you think?