The birth of Suleman's eight babies - six boys and two girls - was clearly an extraordinary event. Only one previous case of eight surviving babies had been recorded in the United States.There's a whole lot of judging in there about Suleman's irresponsibility in having these kids and in seeking fertility treatment to have so many. That annoys me. But there's also quite a lot of the article devoted to the real difficulty of having lots of children, financial and otherwise, and what sounds like some dodgy medical ethics too.
Yet as the eccentricity of Suleman's background and biography emerges, America is recoiling in shock.
The more that becomes known about the Suleman family, the more it seems something disturbing has occurred. Public reaction has quickly turned from joy to shock and anger.
By yesterday, it was clear that Suleman was not an infertile mother who sought medical help to have children. The 33-year-old Californian already has six children. She is single and has no visible means of support for her current family, let alone the additional eight babies that now give her enough offspring to field a football team with three substitutes.
Monday, 2 February 2009
at 10:25 am by Julie
The Herald has this story from the Observer, about the family that added octuplets last week.