So I finally found an article that has inspired me or riled me up enough to share my opinion/get the discussion going on not my other two sites. As many of you have heard by now a woman gave birth to octuplets and she already had 6 kids. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/4413804/Mother-of-octuplets-had-all-her-14-children-by-IVF.html
According to the article, she's divorce, the ex-husband is not the father of any of the kids, all 14 kids were through invitro fertilization, and she is on welfare while living with her parents. I'd like to call into question the ethics of the doctor who implanted her. Apparently the donor sperm for all 14 kids is from a neighbor who's since married and asked her not to use it.
The yahoo article reports a friend says she's not on welfare. So perhaps she's not. But that came from a friend which is here say to me so is to be taken with a grain of salt. Either way she can't provide for them on her own without the assistance of her parents.
There are several ethical questions at play here of which whoever implanted her either has no ethical standards, or didn't bother to ask his patients one or two pertinent questions.
1. Shouldn't the non-anonymous donor have to sign off each time his donation is used? If the remaining embryos are not signed off on for her to use, then they have to both sign off on donation, elimination, or they will be frozen indefinitely. Or is this another situation where men don't have a say, they are just the poor schlubs dumb enough to go along for the ride?
2. Why are doctors implanting that many embryos at a time in one woman?
3. Why are they implanting anything when she is at risk for becoming a burden on society? ie she's already got 6 and she lives with her parents and has no husband to help care for them. At the very least, shouldn't it require her parents sign off that they will be financially responsible if she fails to be financially responsible herself?
What side of the ethics argument do you fall on? Do you care? If you were having IVF, how many embryos would you let the the doctor implant?
I leaves me to ponder, I wonder if her father had seen the 14 grandchildren in his future that he would be providing for, if he'd have just passed on having kids at all?