Archive for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Octuplets’ mom says she had no choice

February 24, 2009


— In a videotaped squabble with her mother posted Monday on a gossip Web site, the woman who gave birth to octuplets said she had no choice but to use the embryos she had because her only other option was to destroy them.

“I’m not going to destroy the embryos, period. Done, done, done,” Nadya Suleman told her mother in an interview videotaped last week and posted by “You can’t go back and alter the past.”

Angela Suleman had told her daughter that “you should have considered your six other children” before going through the in vitro fertilization procedure that led to her to give birth to another eight children last month.

“They were frozen, and you did not have to do anything,” Angela Suleman said.

“They were lives,” her daughter responded. “… You either use them or destroy them.”

Nadya Suleman said donating the embryos to someone else was not an option. “I couldn’t even fathom the idea of having my own children out in the world” without knowing them, she said.

Suleman has said six embryos were implanted for each of her six pregnancies, including four single births and one set of twins. In her last pregnancy, two of the six embryos split to create eight babies. The fertility treatments appear to violate national guidelines that specify no more than two embryos for a healthy woman under 35.

Suleman has not responded to repeated interview requests from The Associated Press. Her phone has been disconnected, and she no longer has a publicist.

Single and unemployed, Suleman gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26. All 14 of her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization, with sperm from an unidentified platonic friend, the 33-year-old mother has said.

On ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, a former boyfriend of Suleman’s said he wants DNA testing to determine whether he’s the father of the octuplets and her older children.

Denis Beaudoin told ABC that he donated sperm to Suleman during their three-year relationship in the late 1990s because she claimed to have ovarian cancer. He claims Suleman’s older children bear a resemblance to him.

ABC said Suleman denied Beaudoin was the donor she used to conceive her children. When pressed, she admitted he had donated sperm but insisted it wasn’t used in any of her pregnancies, the network said. Her first child was born in 2001.

Regardless of whether DNA tests show he is the father, Beaudoin, a divorced father of two, pledged to help Suleman, because “it’s hard nowadays to raise two kids, let alone 14 kids.”


Chris Ogle 9 years, 2 months ago

“They were lives,” her daughter responded. “… You either use them or destroy them.”

Uh- use them? Thats very nice.

avoice 9 years, 2 months ago

If you follow her logic to its ultimate conclusion, then every egg in every human ovary is a "life." And that would mean that God intended women to birth several hundred babies each.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years, 2 months ago

saw a clip of this and if that was my kid I would have put her on her butt for talking/yelling at me like that.

womanwarrior 9 years, 2 months ago

Next we'll have mourning ceremonies every time a woman has a period.

kmat 9 years, 2 months ago

"every sperm is sacred, every sperm is great, if a sperm is wasted, god gets quite irate"

If you haven't seen The Meaning of Life, you need to watch this clip.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 2 months ago

Let all decide to let her live her train wreck without our voyeurism. She's a mess. That point has been made. Let's move on.

samsnewplace 9 years, 2 months ago

Unemployed, living with momma, I would guess that she couldn't even take care of her six by herself should she have to much less 14. The doctor that implanted the embryos should have his head examined on what type of life these "unborn children" were being brought into. How old is momma because she looks so tired trying to keep up with her daughters six children already, grandma needs a rest.

It's welfare at it's finest. I want to know who to write to about what 'rules' the SRS go by when sending out free money to the dead-beats, lazy people who just have a new baby each year to raise the check amount. I don't want to pay for them, do you? And for how long? Is there no end SRS to when those checks stop? Why doesn't the LJW do a story on the lazy welfare collectors who truly don't deserve a dime.

This story just makes me very angry when those embryos could have gone to couples who were so wanting a baby, not 14!

woodenfleaeater 9 years, 2 months ago

Before anyone says anything about "God's will" on this topic. This has nothing to do with God, it has to do with science. If "God" wanted her to have children, she would have gotten pregnant the ol' fashioned way.

Music_Girl 9 years, 2 months ago

I have no problem with large families. As the oldest of 8 kids I know it's hard to raise a big family but I've always had a mother and father and a stable home.
First of all she was nuts to have that many "lives created" in the beginning unless she intended to have that many kids. Second, there are plenty of women out there who would love to have a child and can't, can offer a stable home and would gladly accept an embryo or newborn baby. Third, our welfare system is broken. Things happen and short term help is acceptable; however, supporting dead beats who are not even trying to better themselves or situation for years and decades and generations is ridiculous. There is a cap on unemployment, why is there not a cap on welfare?? She had no choice? Of course she did!! Her choices just backfired on her "yay I'll get a tv show and free stuff" plan.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 2 months ago

blue gets the Golden Fruitcake with a side order of pancakes today.

Confrontation 9 years, 2 months ago

Surely some of you anti-choicers would volunteer to adopt all unwanted embryos that are sitting in these freezers. That's a human life in that tube! Feed it, wash it, diaper it, and send it to college. Go ahead. Can't you hear them crying in that tube?

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