Tuesday, February 3, 2009
An easy way to make money?
The headlines read: Last week, a single woman who lives with her parents in California gave birth to eight babies.
She already has six children, ages two to seven. All have been conceived, including the octuplets, with in-vitro fertilization from supposedly the same donor sperm.
A team of almost 50 delivered the babies and each will have to stay in the hospital for at least a month and most likely have behaviour and physical problems from being so premature.
Hospital bills? Into the millions. If she doesn't have insurance then who pays for all this mayhem? We do. Great.
Some people are questioning why a doctor would perform such a procedure on a woman who clearly has a problem, nor the means to pay, or absorb into her life, such a venture.
Last I read, this woman's mother claims she's had enough and was planning on kicking her daughter out when she gets home from the hospital.
Rumor has it she's seeking 2 million to be interviewed.
So the ethical questions are - Do we have the right as a society to tell people how many children they can have? Is it a doctor's job to monitor such a thing? Is it his or her job to tell someone: no you don't make enough money, or you aren't married or you already have enough children so you can't participate in in-vitro fertilization at this clinic?
Some doctors are up in arms about this, saying they can't tell a patient what to do.
I'm inclined to agree.
But... I don't agree with making money off of your children, or in her case, having children. She claims eight was not the original number. That they must've multiplied because of all her hormone therapies, whatever that means.
But ,whoever her crazy, nameless doctor is, he or she should've warned her that that was a possibility!
Like that boring cable show of the family with 18 kids that all start with the letter J, I'm generally against profiting from your offspring like that. Asking for money to be interviewed makes the woman now seem to be a bit...shady. Stupid. Looking for a buck.
Consequences...they are the ultimate mother-in-law in the room, hovering, waiting to inflict justice.
So now, I don't even know. What is the fine line that a doctor can't cross? Is there one? To prevent this from happening again, do we want doctors making those decisions for us?