Birth of Octuplets Raises Questions
She already had six children. Now, an unmarried woman has another eight. What to make of this?
This is not a situation from which one can easily draw conclusions. For instance, as someone who is pro-life, I affirm the value and dignity of these children. They deserve the best care possible and a loving supportive family. However, there really isn’t a loving, supportive family for them.
There is a single mother. There’s no father on the scene. The grandfather is reportedly off to Iraq to work as a translator. Their grandmother has indicated she will be moving out of the small house that is now home to 14 children.
Now, I’ll admit that this group of kids and a mom constitute a family. Practically, though, how much can one woman do to raise those kids?
The only adult in the lives of these octuplets will be their mother. Who else will be a caring, engaged adult for them to learn and find protection and security from? Things can change, and perhaps there is a support group of friends, neighbors and co-workers who will step in and help out. Maybe a man – or several men – will offer to be present in the lives of these children.
What do you make of this?
Carrie Earll wrote for CitizenLink about the ethics of in vitro fertilization.
Many legal and moral questions surround IVF, including questions of ownership regarding unimplanted embryos when married couples divorce and the moral status of additional embryos—whether frozen or destroyed.
This is a brief and very good overview of what the technology is, and how it can cause some disturbing results.
Let’s talk to interested folks about this, and raise some of the questions that need to be discussed.