The Sadness of “Octomom”

I haven’t commented on the Octomom yet, so even as the tragedy continues, I will write a couple comments about what makes me so sad…

Today there was the story on CNN that tells how the free nurses that were helping the mother were fired. The article continues:

Suleman — already a single mother with six young children — gave birth to the octuplets through in-vitro fertilization, fueling controversy. News of her collecting public assistance for some of her children also outraged many taxpayers.

She has not identified the father of the children, but spoke about him in a new video released on

He is a foreign-born man who lives in California and is the father of all 14 of her children, Suleman said.

The man was angry when she told him that she was having eight more children, she said.

“He was angry at the doctor, like everyone else,” Suleman said. “He is a good friend — a platonic friend. We would not be very compatible. As far as I am concerned, I would never disclose who he is.”

At one point in the video, a child’s voice can be heard asking Suleman the man’s name.

She did not answer.

The first thing we need to note is that this situation is a demonstration of why the church is so deliberate on its stand against the way we “fool around” and manipulate life. Artificial insemination brings to the fore many issues such as:

1. artificially and purposely fertilizing eggs with the full knowledge that not all of them will have even a chance at development.
2. the separation of marriage from child rearing. This is SUCH a serious issue. God’s plan and will is that child rearing is to take place within the context of a marriage. “Octomom” is what happens when we disdain the will of God and act like we ourselves are God.
3. what we do with the mom and her children now – and how we as a society care for them. This is an ethical decision which has only one option: care for them as best we can! Some people would argue that we should just dump them all and that they don’t deserve anything. This is not an option. And no, it should not be the government that helps them (although that might help matters), but it is the CHURCH OF GOD that should rise up and show what it means to love beyond all measure.

I do just feel so very sorry for those poor children. We need to pray for them and the countless others who are growing up in such a destitute and desperate world. Our Lord Jesus loves them so very much!


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