I was watching a video clip from Good Morning America. GMA interviewed Nadya Suleman. For those of you who have been in the dark, Ms. Suleman is the woman who recently gave birth to 8 babies, that were concieved using in vitro fertilization. There has been a ton of controversy surrounding this because 6 embryos were implanted (two split during the 9 months), all took. There is also controversy because Ms. Suleman had at I think 6 other children from a prior IVF procedure. There are questions as to whether Ms. Suleman can care for them herself and how much public money can be used for them.
During this interview, Ms. Suleman said something along the lines of “well, usually couples get this done and I’m getting flack because it was just me.” No honey, you’re not getting flack because you’re a single parent. There are TONS of single parents out there that have babies and work their asses off to make sure that they’re taking care of their babies and doing a fabulous job. I know a few of them. And sometimes they have more than one baby for whatever reason – the condom breaks, yadda, yadda yadda. But the fact of the matter is, these women aren’t walking into fertility clinics to have six embryos implanted in them, when they already have 6 other children that they have to support and care for, one of which has special needs. That’s just plain irresponsible and this is what makes the actions in this particular case offensive to a lot of people. If you can’t take care of what you already have, most people say, then you shouldn’t go into a fertility clinic begging for more. It has NOTHING to do with whether you’re a couple or a single. Seriously.
And seriously folks, it’s not just Ms. Suleman either. She is getting a lot of flack about this, but quite frankly, the doctor that implanted her with six embryos should be getting just as much flack. Who implants 6 embryos?! Seriously, the whole reason that only two or three are implanted is because of the risk that all six may take and that a few may actually split. Implanting all six is, in my mind, therefore completely irresponsible and grossly disregards the standard of care for fertility specialists. Does the doctor that did this have any ethics whatsoever?!
And, to add insult to injury, you can now visit Ms. Suleman’s site and donate money!