Everyone has heard about the new-mother of eight, Nadya Suleman. And I just wanted to add my two cents to the conversation.
First and foremost, I want to say that I do not agree with the decision she made to have go through in-vitro fertilization in order to have more babies. She already has six children, and is currently unable to afford to care for her children and is a single mother (I am not saying it is bad to be a single mother, but I do think it is wrong for her to bring 14 children in the world without a father.) That is a given, just about everyone, with the exception of Ms. Suleman, can agree that her decision was unwise, selfish, and impractical.
What I do not agree with are the ideas that her children must be taken away from her, that she should have aborted those babies, or (more frighteningly) her actions should be illegal. What she did was, as stated previously, selfish, silly and wrong; however, it is not, and should not be illegal!
I firmly believe that people have the right to make their own decisions in life: whether stupid or not. Her case is a special one, and should not be used to bolster up the idea that we should be able to limit the amount of children one can have.
Let's really look at this: she is clearly an unstable woman who has an unnatural fixation of babies. The person who is really at fault here, and who we should be castigating is the doctor who performed this procedure. He was really at fault, because there is no way she would have conceived these children without his unscrupulous aid. He knew that she had six other children, possibly that another specialist had turned her away, yet he proceeded with the procedure! How outrageous! He should have recommend she get help! She didn't need eight mroe children, she need someone who could help her get through this fixation!
But then who could help her? Obviously, psychiatrists would do nothing more than prescribe some pill to help her. May be there was something in her diet or in her lifestyle she could/should have changed in order to correct the problem.
All in all, I am trying to say, let's not get fanatical and start calling it a crime to produce as many children as we desire--whether it is wise or not. This is not China, and we need to remember that.