The Octo Mom And The Religious Right

News Story About The Threats to The Children And The Mom

Watching the news these days, there appears to be no more important story that the woman who gave birth to eight children. Really, no wars, economic crisis, political divisions, millions losing their homes; alright, then let's talk about Nadya Suleman, the Octo-mom.

Yes, she probably should not have had eight more children when she already has six and apparently no means to support them. Yeah, I said it, she probably should not have done it. But who are we to judge her? As someone who is pro choice, I believe it has got to work both ways. I don't believe society should be telling a woman what they can and cannot do with their bodies. It would have to apply here as well.

Yet, the argument now seems to be more about the burden to the taxpayers the Octo-Mom will cause. Please. With eight little babies I am sure there are good religious groups out there ready to assist her in her time of need. I am sure Oprah is ready to do a special on this and give her a house, food, clothing like she did for the last family of eight. I hope their show isn't on at the same time as Jon & Kate plus 8. That might cause me internal conflict.

Oh, Oprah has nothing scheduled. There is no lifetime deal in the works? And the religious right isn't supporting her? They are threateining to kill her, her babies and her PR firm? Really. That's strange.

I would think the religious right would be celebrating this moment. Here is a woman who got medical help to conceive and birth a child, got the world's worst doctor and ended with eight children at once and decided not to abort the children but bring them into the world to be loved. Where are you Rush? Sean Hannitty? How come this isn't a celebration of life? Why do these babies deserve to die?

I don't get it. Yes, she probably should not have done it. But she did. There are eight babies in the world who are now hiding in an undisclosed location because the religious right doesn't like their mother. Instead of providing food, clothes and shelter, they are providing fear and judgment. Doesn't seem all that Christian to me. Can we all at least agree that these babies deserve their chance at the American Dream regardless of what Sean Hannitty thinks of their mother?

Even though the media rage is over, there are still children that need to be taken care of.
Even though the media rage is over, there are still children that need to be taken care of.

The Aftermath

Months have passed since the Octo-Mom dominated the news. More important stories have taken its place, like Miss California's opinion on gay marriage. Hardly anyone discusses the Octo-Mom anymore. If she is mentioned in the news, it is usually to disparage the mom herself. Recenlty there have been allegations that she worked as a stripper and that her four year son showed up to school battered and bruised.

Yet, there are still the babies. Even though the story may not be interesting anymore, there are still eight new lives. And the religious right is still no where to be found. At least liberal policies will provide necessities like food and shelter. All we hear from the right is how they do not want to pay for them.

Sources say that the Octo-Mom is trying to get a reality show. There appears to be some interest. At least this may provide the Octo-Mom some resources to take care of her children.

The Octo-Mom Has Signed A Reality TV Show Deal With A British Producer
The Octo-Mom Has Signed A Reality TV Show Deal With A British Producer
The Children Will Make $250 a day, which will be looked after by a Court Appointed Trustor
The Children Will Make $250 a day, which will be looked after by a Court Appointed Trustor

Update August 3, 2009

The Octo-Mom, Nadya Suleman has apparently signed a deal with a British reality TV producer to make a reality television show about her life with 14 children. The children are being paid $250 a day each and as of now it is undisclosed how much the Octo-Mom is making herself. The good news for those who believe that the Octo-Mom will use this for her own personal benefit (more than she already is) is a Judge has ordered a trustor to look over the children's money. This means she will not have total control over their finances.

While the TV show will help her financially take care of her children, the question still remains: Where is the religious right? The first to broadcast the deal was Fox News, and every anchor/pundit spoke about her greed. The right will be up in arms about this. Why? She won't need public assistance even though she obviously needs help. So why are they mad?

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Iconoclast profile image

Iconoclast 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

The Religious Right's problem with her is her singleness, which in their eyes, is a cardinal sin. Pro-lifers would be proud, except that they tend to also be anti-welfare. This woman has unfortunately, through her demonstrated total lack of any sense of personal and social responsibility, set her entire family, the little ones as well, up for public scorn from all corners.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I agree that the mother deserves total blame. But its the kids I feel bad for. Death threats, really? I just find it shocking and couldn't keep quiet about it.

Thanks for your thoughts.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

well since Britney and Paris have been keeping quiet, we need some other person to distract us from all our real issues like the one you stated.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

How bad are things when we miss Brittany and Paris?


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I also think the religious right are still wondering what to do since GWB is no longer around to support their causes.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Apperently, they are just going to say NO to everything. After eight years of Yes.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

my two year son does the same thing when he's throwing his temper tantrum


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I think that describes their current behavior perfectly.


Amy G 7 years ago

I think she's an idiot. I don't feel a bit sorry for her, but I do feel sorry for all those kids. The babies will be taken care of somehow or another, but the big kids just fell permanently into the shadows. Nobody w/o income or a plan, let alone insurance, should make a concious decision to have a pile of eggs back-hoed up in there. It was a brainless judgement call; on the other hand, I agree that nobody should have a right to tell a woman when enough is enough.

And the Anjelina comparison is dumb, too. She bears a slight resemblance...so?

Nice hub


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

I heard it took something like 46 doctors and over a $million to get all those kids out and healthy. You've got to admit that that's a little silly when my own state, California, has to write IOU's for taxes this year, due to the fact that we're broke. Oh well. Such is the world we live in. It's not like we have anything more important to spend the money on anyway, like education or something.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I totally agree. Waste of money. But what about those kids, not their fault. My question is who is going to step up and help them.

Valid point thought. I actually wrote a blog about the California budget today. What a mess.

Thanks for reading.


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

The religious right is actually The Convinient Religious Right! They are the worst of hypocrits! They prove everyday that Darwin was right.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

fair point.


Andromeda 7 years ago

What does the Bible say about infertility treatments? Better yet, because obviously InVitro etc... were not available back then, what does the Pope say about infertility treatments? It would be an interesting avenue to investigate if we are talking about Octo-Mom's choice to keep all of the fetuses. Adoption is the right choice here.

Additionally, would the fetuses still be viable if transferred from Octo-mom to another woman in the early stages of the pregnancy?

Also, I hear the possible father (sperm donor) is looking for a paternity test to see if these children are his. An OBVIOUS attempt at quick fame and possible fortune through book deals and interviews. How many times does a sperm donor ask for a paternity test? Guy is married, I heard. If I was that guy's wife, I would be super angry! He would then be responsible for child support payments?


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Interesting comment. I wonder what the Church's stance on fertility is? Good question.

I heard about the sperm donor. Before he does Larry King, he should go see the kids. Exploitation of children. I don't know what is worse: Death Threats or Exploitatation.


Sciantel 7 years ago

Part of the problem today I see is not trusting in what God wants, but what WE want. Its always WE WE WE. Its sad.


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livelonger 7 years ago from San Francisco

If she were a blond, blue-eyed churchgoer, she would be their poster child. Really.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I wonder if it is racially motivated or whether it is the fact that she is a single mother myself. I don't know the answer.


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Andromeda10 7 years ago from Chicago

Livelonger, that is so interesting. We have "Jon and Kate Plus 8", which I love that show, but I wonder about any government aid they are recieving. They MUST! Kate stays home and Jon works in IT.

She was implanted with 6, which is over the "standard" by 2, when she was successful with in-vitro with her twins!

"Jon and Kate Plus 8" is a very popular show on TLC. Kate is white and Jon is White and Asian. I realy wonder about the racial implications of this "Octo-Mom" story...other than she had 6 already and there is no father figure around.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

My wife loves that show too. There are rumors that he cheated and they are breaking up. Very sad.

Thanks for reading

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