Friday, February 13, 2009

Why You Should Care about Nadya Suleman

Nadya Suleman, 33, had octuplets through fertility treatments, despite already having six children ages seven and under, with no clear source of income. This has caused an outburst of controversy, you can read more about her story here.

If you desire to keep your finger on the pulse of culture, you should care about Nadya Suleman. Here are two reasons why…

Two Words: Case Study
Catch phrase of the day? Selective Reduction. Question of the day? Why didn’t Suleman choose to abort one or more of her babies during the pregnancy, in order to give the others a better chance at survival and\or a better life? If you’re pro-choice, this case should interest you because it is a classic opportunity to further your women's-rights agenda. If you’re pro-life, this case should interest you because it offers you the chance to sharpen your views, and determine if there are ever any exceptions to a no-abortions stance. Many people have taken a keen interest in this case, and it would be foolish to miss this opportunity to strengthen and defend your convictions.

Big Brother and Reproduction
Suleman had six embryos implanted, two of which split, resulting in 8 babies (all 14 of her children were the result of in-vitro fertilization.) This relatively high number of embryos has sparked controversy, prompting some to call for limiting the number of embryos that can be implanted. It doesn't take too much imagination to envision the federal government stepping in and beginning to regulate the number of embryos which can be implanted (there may be regulation already in place - not sure). Either way, this could be the spark needed to propel us down the slippery slope of limiting the number of children per household (or limiting children based on income). Obviously, we are several steps removed from this type of drastic action, but this case at least reminds us of the possibility.

Christians must capitalize on this opportunity for constructive dialogue. We must reinforce our commitment to the sacredness of life inside the womb. We must reinforce our commitment to exercise the rights God has entrusted to us. We must keep the conversation going, and endeavor to build bridges to those who disagree.


  1. Did you watch the Dateline interview? We just finished watching it today. The lady is insane, really.

    At first I was nodding along with her 'pro-life' statements, but by the end, she had contradicted herself so many times & not made any sense, I was thoroughly disgusted.

    Thanks for your encouragement to talk about this- I was thinking of doing a post on it, and now I know I need to. :)

  2. No, didn't see that interview. It certainly seems like she is making some very poor decisions as a mother. Even though I'm pro-life, and anti-big government; I don't support her actions. Thanks for the feedback...I'll be looking forward to reading your post :)

  3. Hi just came by your blog. I am definitely pro life and this story - yes definitely raises a few concerns of mine. Regardless, with family in the medical profession most IVF doctors would not do that procedure to a single mother who already has 6 children. But what's done is done. and as much as this mother is being targeted, I would really like to see some assistance given - if not for her than for her children. I applaud you in your post because most conversations/tv and newspaper articles are far from compassionate.

  4. Shanilie,
    You're right, our focus needs to turn to helping the children. Thanks for your feedback.