Octuplet Birth Raises Ethical Questions Regarding the Mother - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/30/09

Octuplet Birth Raises Ethical Questions Regarding the Mother

Doctors at Kaiser Permanente are avoiding an ethical debate that surrounds the birth of the octuplets born earlier this week.

The mother, who did not want to be identified, has been identified now as a single mother with six other children at home, ranging in age from two to seven-years-old.  She apparently lives with her parents and it was her mother who told NBC News that her daughter used In Vitro fertilization to get pregnant.  Officials at Kaiser Permanente were quick to add that the woman came into their care in her first trimester.

Harold Henry, M.D. of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, says, "Our patient was counseled regarding her options for the pregnancy.  The options were to continue the pregnancy or selectively abort.  The patient chose to continue the pregnancy."

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