Whittier – A mother of six welcomes eight new little ones to her family. During her pregnancy, doctors counseled her about the risks of carrying so many multiples, but she adamantly refused to kill any of the developing fetuses.
"What do you suggest she should have done? She refused to have them killed," Suleman [the woman’s mother] told the Times. "That is a very painful thing."
Born nine weeks early and boasting weights anywhere from one pound to three pounds, the six boys and two girls are doing well. The woman has asked to remain anonymous and the grandfather has warned:
Media may have a tougher time finding the family after the babies are released from the hospital.
"We have a huge house, not here," said the man, who would only identify himself as Ed. "You are never going to know where it is."
Let’s toast to a mother who understands the value of life and a grandfather who refuses to allow his grandchildren to become press pets. And, let’s toast this OB/GYN who understands his non-decision making role and instead recognizes the importance of educating patients:
“Dr. James Grifo, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine, added: "I don't think it's our job to tell them how many babies they're allowed to have. I am not a policeman for reproduction in the United States. My role is to educate patients."”
*I would like to know, however, where the father is since none of these news releases makes any reference to paternal presence.