Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Not without my babies!

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By now, almost everyone has heard about Octo-mom.  In case you've been hiding under a rock for the last month (or in a textbook or behind a desk in your office) "Octo-mom" was the term bestowed upon Nadya Suleman after the birth of her octuplets in late January.

Though octuplet births are rare in-and-of themselves, this case is particularly noteworthy because Nadya is single and unemployed.  Oh yeah, did I mention that she already had 6 kids?  In an attempt to have "just one more girl, " as claimed by her mother, Nadya was implanted by eggs that were fertilized by the same sperm donor that helped create her 6 other children.  Eight of the implanted embryos survived and she gave birth to a bevy of babies ranging from 21 oz to just over three pounds.

There's already a surplus of discussion on the morality of this situation in general, so I'm not even going to go there.  What I *do* want to talk about is the newest information being presented.  Apparently, Nadya's house is in foreclosure.  Due to Nadya's financial instability, the hospital is threatening to keep her babies.  Nadya responded by threatening to sue.

Here's my question.  What's the right course of action here?  Is it alright for the hospital to keep the newest members of the Suleman family?  Is the hospital justified in retaining the infants if it does not also try to find an appropriate living situation for the other 6 children?

As a mom, is suing your best option, or does that just further the opinion that you're motivated by money?  

If you're in charge of the children's welfare, what do you do?

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