I'm completely revolted by this story.
A woman and her six kids ages 2-7, living at home with her parents after declaring bankruptcy, somehow was able to get IVF treatment which produced octuplets.
The father is never mentioned so we don't know if he's in the picture or not. It is mentioned that currently the woman, her kids, and her parents all live together in a 3 bedroom apartment. So now they'll be about seventeen people, fourteen of them kids below the age of seven, all living in a 3 bedroom apartment.
The grandfather is a contractor and headed to Iraq for some time, pressumably to pay for his daughter's litter.
My wife and I did IVF because we couldn't conceive on our own. We went through an interview process with both our insurance company since, they were footing the bill, and the fertility clinic in order to ensure that everything was a good match.
IVF is the ultimate in planned parenthood. It's not something you enter into without a lot of thought and planning.
There are a lot of questions bothering me about this situation.
Who paid for the treatment? I have a really hard time picturing an insurance company covering IVF for someone who already has six kids through natural means.
What kind of interview process did this woman have to go through at the clinic? Weren't any red flags raised by the fact that she has kids already that she can't afford to care for?
I have a huge problem with eight fertilized embryos being implanted knowing that a good chance of multiple births. It just seems grossly irresponsible.
Ethically this matter is strife with debate. I can see this becoming a much talked about issue.