Friday, January 30, 2009
More on Octuplets
Thanks to KM for alerting me to information that continues to unfold about the mother of the octuplets born in Southern California this week. It is really hard to believe...
The mom is 33 years old, unmarried and already has 6 children between the ages of 7 and 2. She has one set of twins and...are you ready for this...she lives with her parents in a 3 bedroom home. Also, the grandparents filed for bankruptcy last year.
So there will soon be 14 children and 3 adults living in the home. And, according to the grandmother, she did have in-fertility treatment for blocked fallopian tubes. That would mean that she had in-vitro transfer (implantation) of embryos.
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine considers it grossly unethical to implant 8 embryos and many experts are speaking out against fertility help at all for a woman with six children. In Germany and Italy, there is a limit of 3 embryos that can be implanted. In the U.S., there are standards but no real prohibitions or laws against fertility clinics behavior.
How this woman could afford IVF and who would actually perform it are still mysteries. There is no question that this case is highly unethical and should never have happened.
What do you think? Should personal freedom extend this far? Should Fertility Clinics follow the wishes of patients?
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:13 PM