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The mother of octuplets through fertalization treatments recieved when she already had six children is now accepting donations online.  In a recent interview the mother said:

“I’m providing myself to my children,” Nadya Suleman told NBC in her first interview. “I’m loving them unconditionally, accepting them unconditionally, everything I do. I’ll stop my life for them and be present with them and hold them and be with them. And how many parents do that?”

Well, gosh Ms. Suleman, almost every mother and father I know have that ambition for themselves when starting a family, including my own. 

As Progressive Revival blogger Kathleen Kennedy Townsend wrote in her post about Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Catholic Church:

The single mother of six who lives with her parents and then has more eight children seems to have missed the class on good parenting. Simply put, this is too many children.  They can’t each get the care and attention they need. The mom wants to go back to school. Who then takes care of them?. Who pays?  All the children were born with the help of artificial means.

Everyone wishes Ms. Suleman, and especially her children well. But her online begging is unfortunate and uncertain in the economic crisis. Her situation should be learned from and not repeated. 

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