Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What about those octuplets?

Jennifer Roback Morse

Government indifference to responsible fatherhood is what made the tragedy of OctoMom possible.

What are we to make of the case of Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave birth to octuplets through IVF? The case has inspired lots of internet chatter and water cooler talk. I maintain that insurance and government funding are the least of the worries of this case. The case illustrates two deep problems with our current attitudes toward artificial reproductive technology (ART). First, no one has a right to have a baby. Second, the state should not be in the business of deliberately separating father from their children.

1 comment:

Betsy said...

Michael Cook, the editor of, which published this article, highlighted Dr. Morse in an opening paragraph: "The ever-sensible Jennifer Roback Morse ... It's one of the shrewdest comments I have seen on this disturbing case and deserves to be spread far and wide."

Way to go, Dr. J!