Well I know it's a little late but I've been busy; however, I do now want to comment on that Octomom situation that was in the news a few months ago...
First, like everyone else, I agree she was selfish and irresponsible to bring even ONE more child into the chaotic situation she calls a home, never mind bringing eight more children into it. YET I still maintain the vast majority of women who have children using invitro are MORE responsible then the average single mother, who has an unplanned pregnancy from some recreational sperm donor. Sorry, I know many women don't want to hear this but getting pregnant while having recreational sex is the height of irresponsibility especially if it's with some idiot you hardly know, maybe even a one-night stand. There are just too many ways to avoid an unplanned pregnancy these days...
Anyway, I hope California won't pass laws against women using invitro methods since I happen to believe this will be the wave of the future for many women to have any kids and I would not want to see it totally regulated out of existence. This situation is a good example of the saying: "hard cases make bad law".
That's one issue.
The bigger issues is why didn't people speak out against women having six or eight babies at once before this Octomom. These situations should have been addressed long ago. I personally am sick to death of seeing these thin, sickly babies (with tubes coming from their bodies in every direction) displayed on TV or on magazine covers. Not to mention the cost to everyone else as saving these children runs into the millions. It's one thing for this to be an act of nature or God, if you will, it's another to plan this sort of event to happen deliberately. AND since women do not naturally conceive and bear eight kids at one time, this is all (dare I say it) a man-made occurrence.
Women were not built to bear six or eight babies at a pop. Not to mention what happens to the kids when they are born, as you can't possibly pay enough attention to eight kids at one time. I always suspected kids in these situations suffered neglect and/or emotional abuse; but seeing one of these reality shows recently totally convinced me of it. As the kids in that show never stopped crying, even once...one or two of them was always in the background screaming their heads off. This is not natural. I've known and interacted with many large families and never saw anything like it...I, myself, come from a family of eight plus spent much time in an orphanage from the age of 5 or so and never heard so much non-stop crying going on...No one was available to comfort these kids as there were simply too many of them!!!
So the children, themselves, continue suffering emotional abuse/neglect, even after their medical problems are cleared up.
Anyway, if some lawmakers are looking to pass laws it should be along the lines of forbidding doctors from planting more then two or three eggs at a time in a women's uterus and hopefully that will clear the situation up...and mothers who do this should be held up to public scorn (just like Octomom was). They should not be given reality shows and painted as mom of the year.