Wow, that lady likes kids!

fertility-treatment Okay, I realize this may not be an emergency related thing, but I have to weigh in. Fertility treatments in a single woman who already has 6 kids? Unbelievable. With that kind of thing going on, it makes me wonder how long our species has before it goes extinct. Many people have lined up to thrash the mother for being so irresponsible, and the fertility doc deserves to have his license pulled in my opinion, but these individuals are hardly isolated examples of self-serving, irresponsible behavior. I am deeply concerned about one example after another of individuals behaving in ways that accelerate the non-sustainability of our society. babies From CEO’s that spend government bailout money on decorative toilets while their companies are crumbling, to commuters that drive gas-guzzling SUV’s that they bought on credit, it seems we are heading off a cliff. In his book Collapse, Jared Diamond describes the common features of societies that have collapsed throughout history. There are many, but one surprising feature among societies that fail is the tendency for its members to heap luxurious, non-essential resources upon themselves. They do this, not just until it becomes clear that continued resource over-utilization will result in their destruction, but well past that point. Diamond ponders at one point what the ancient Easter Islanders were thinking when they chopped down the final tree on their island, ensuring the doom of their society. Sadly, most of the trees were not being used for anything essential, but useless monumental statues to bring prestige and honor to its various tribal chiefs. Compare that to a single woman having 14 children in the midst of a severe economic recession. Perhaps some future author will write a sequel to Collapse, describing the foolishness of this woman, her fertility doctor, and the society that watched it happen.

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Steve Parker, M.D. 02.15.09 at 3:08 am

I hear that three of her six previous children are on disability, receiving welfare payments. We’re all special in God’s eyes, but maybe she shouldn’t be breeding so much.

A Certain Relative 02.15.09 at 10:53 pm

But lots of societies splurge out on luxuries (and what is non-essential? Art, literature, music?) whether they collapse or not. The Romans were slapping up enormous monuments and throwing orgies for a few hundred years before their downfall. Burying yourself with 8,000 terracotta warriors is pretty excessive, but that was one of China’s first emperors not one of the last. I’m not sure we need to see anything in this uber breeder more than a troubled woman with an ethically challenged doctor.

Your ER Doc 02.16.09 at 5:29 pm

Oh just let me view this as the death of all civilization.

Anonymous 02.18.09 at 8:15 pm

A better sign that this is the death of all civilization: Unlike the emperors, the pharaohs, or the Romans, we allow the most extravagant luxuries to those who cannot afford them.

toni 02.26.09 at 9:55 pm

I think there is a reason God didn’t give us naturally the ability to have litters of children (except in few rare cases). We don’t have multiple tits to feed like a animal. Usually I don’t comment on how many kids a family has, one, two or 6 but 14 to a single mom that doesn’t even work. She used to work in healthcare. I hope she isn’t an RN cuz I think she is loco. I have seen a few of her recent interviews and it seems like she had children to fill a viod in her life. I feel sorry for kids that have to fill the mom’s needs. That is my 2 cents.

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