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Octomom gets $1 million offer to do a porno flick

February 26, 2009

The 33-year old disabled Nadya Suleman who caused a flurry of controversies for giving birth to 8 premature babies via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in addition to 6 other children is now being offered to make a living.

Vivid Entertainment has asked the jobless mom to appear in a pornographic movie for $1 million plus a year of insurance for herself and her 14 children. The film company is waiting for the decision.

The emotionally unstable single mother with history of depression has been on social welfare. In danger of being evicted from a foreclosed 3-bedroom home with her bankrupt parents in California, Suleman has made several TV interviews including a recent appearance with feel-good psychology guru Dr. Phil McGraw. She complains that if she has no means of supporting her newborns, the hospital may opt to leave her out from custody of the children.

The debates for or against Nadya Suleman haven’t died down. In this complicated world, the birth of octuplets to a financially cash-strapped woman can be exploited way beyond the confines of propriety and moral values.

Just a month after her delivery, she has this skin flick offer. The exploitation is evident from the time her fertility doctor implanted the eight embryos against known standards of ethical and scientific medical judgement. This upsetting life story is an offshoot of the liberalism in United States where the pursuit of individualism has blurred the choice between right and wrong. (Photo Credit: LA Times/ Paul Drinkwater/ NBC) =0=

UPDATE: After Nadya Suleman got the porno film offer, a competing movie/video outfit which peddles smut asks the octomom to reject the $1 million sex movie in favor of a year of diapers that it promises to give away for her children.

RELATED BLOG: “Octuplets spark debate on medical, socio-economic, & moral issues of assisted pregnancies” Posted by mesiamd at 2/01/2009

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Octuplets spark debate on medical, socio-economic, & moral issues of assisted pregnancies

January 31, 2009

The birth of 8 babies to an unmarried California woman who already have 6 children and lives with her parents sparked controversies which cover medical, social, economic, moral and rearing issues. The unusual multiple births by caesarian section of octuplets by 33-year old Nadya Suleman didn’t come without the help of fertility treatments. This is according to Angela Suleman, the 31 week-old babies’ grandmother who said her daughter, the mother has been “obssessed” of having children. In spite of having delivered babies in the past, she chose in-vitro fertilization because of clogged fallopian tubes.

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) usually involves implanting fertilized embryo (blastocyst stage,) normally no greater than six, usually 2 or 3 in the womb. If more than two embryos take, the patient is given the choice by her physician to keep the babies or kill some of them in an abortion-induced reduction procedure. Many doctors focus on giving the best medical care and they feel it’s not their duty to dig on abortion issues (rights of the unborn) or prescribe how many children their patients must have. Suleman opted to keep all babies whose number was erroneously determined by ultrasound as 7.

Certain religious believers and anti-abortion advocates decry the practice of pregnancy reduction by doctors. Although Suleman rejected the offer to have any of her babies aborted after they were artificially set to develop in utero, there are strong objections on the medical and ethical judgment of implanting the 8 embryos on her who already have six children. There are those who believe the fertility doctor must be investigated and sanctioned for a breach of standard practice.

In 30 years of practice, “I have never provided fertility treatment to a woman with six children,” or ever heard of a similar case, said Dr. David Adamson, former president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California.—Yahoo.News/ AP (01/31/09 Watkins, T; Neergaard, L)

There are strong doubts if the unmarried Suleman has the capacity to care for the 6 boys and 2 girls born premature along with 6 older children, ages 2 to 7. It is unclear whether she is employed, though she lives with her parents who are not financially stable. The parents filed bankruptcy last year with more than $900,000 liabilities. Records show Suleman kept a psychiatric techinician license in 1997 to 2002.

The premature octuplets who are currently cared for in a Kaiser Permanente hospital surely need specialized care. With skyrocketing medical costs in a state teetering towards financial insolvency, many critics fear Suleman may not be able to sustain the duties of a single mom— the physical, psychological, social, and economic demands of rearing 14 dependents. If she can’t keep up with the burden of motherhood, she may require public assistance and the effects on the children are hard to know. It is likely the cost of rearing them will be passed on to taxpayers and society in general. (Photo Credits: byaconnel73170; Ekem PD)=0=

UPDATE: February 2, 2009. Many critics believe the doctor didn’t make good ethical judgmentt in placing at least 8 embryos on Nadya Suleman whose mother Angela is critical of her daughter’s “obssession” to have babies.

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