I hate to make this comparison but it’s kind of inevitable. The labeling of the octomom is a classic case of “it would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.” Truth be told, it’s still funny. Octomom is an almost perfect label for Nadya Suleman, not only telling the story of her recent life but also identifying her as a “monster.” I personally hope the media hype will help her raise money to support her children.

By the way, just because I think it’s funny doesn’t mean I want to minimize the colossal mistake Nadya and her fertility doctor made. Admittedly, her mistake seems almost “mainstream” in a society that has been undermining the sacredness of life for decades. When I was growing up in the 50s, the idea of having children out of wedlock was severely stigmatized and largely “unheard of” except in the Hollywood community. Later, the term “love child” was coined to legitimize the practice of procreation without the moral and legal contract required by most of society.

You know the rest of the story. The Pill, abortion, in-vitro fertilization, surrogate mothers, cloning, etc. Technology marches on and the miracle of life is subsumed into the broader bio-culture.

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