Thursday, May 15, 2008

Baby Maker or just plain selfish?

San Jose Mercury News reported on Mother's day, a family who had 18 children. The father and mother are the same, and the age range of the children are from 20 years of age to 9 months old. The mother said she was "blessed to be pregnant again." This mother has been pregnant or post pardom for 21 years. How do the children sleep? Travel to school ? Eat? Are they on welfare or wealthy beyond measure? This begs the question, " Are you selfishly procreating?" What about college for all these children? (I want to know how the parents are paying for these kids to grow up into productive members of society.) When asked, the parents said, "This must be God's plan." When I read stories like this and turn the page to see earthquake victims in a country like China, where babies are limited to 1 per family, and those children are lost forever, it makes me angry, sad, and confused. I struggle to understand this family's blind ignorance, and lack of social responsiblity. While I do not advocate government mandating babies, I do think that parent's should be socially responsible, and think about their communities. Do you agree?

23 comments:

  1. I wonder how are they going to pay for all those kinds to go to collage.The only ways for them to go to collage if their family has money or if all of them get scholarships.If that happens I think thats not fair because how one family is going to get 20 scholarships.

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  2. I think that is wrong, thatin China you can only have one child, and in the U.S.A there are people that are haveing baby's every year. Adrian4

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  3. I think thats not good because their house would not be clean and it would smell and they would have enough room to sleep. They would be home schooled and they wouldn't be able to make new friends. They would be able to eat a lot because of all their brother and sister to share with. I would think that they are on welfare.

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  4. I think this lady as a right to choose how many kids she wants, and if she wanted 18 kids we can't stop her from cause the United States is a country of freedom, which means we have no right to tell you what to do in your life. I do agree that it is crazy to have 18 kids but that is my opinion, and to her it don't really matter what I think.

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  5. Well in my opinion I think it's their choice to have as much kids as they want, But however I also think its to much kids to have. I think the mother of these kids should stop now and not have any more kids. Its too much money to have that much children, and uses up too much water. What if it was god plan to let this woman have 19 children, and what if its was gods plan to make china have 1 baby per family because man their is too much Asian in this world. Don't get me wrong I'm not trying to be raises. I mean I know Its a lot of kids, but when I get married I want ten or thirteen kids, like my mothers family there was thirteen children. And my mothers sister she had seventeen children but the two oldest died when they were born. I mean I am use to seeing big families, I mean when I say big I mean BIG.

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  6. This is insane, having eighteen kids is preposterous. I am confused on how they care for all of them and provide food and clothes. How do the parents earn enough money, do they work three jobs a piece or are they all on welfare or do they use or taxes for their food.

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  7. I think that the mother and the father have issues!
    My opinion on this is that they don't need to make anymore babies. That is a dramatic amount of children and they might not even be well taken care of! Or if they are really rich, its still not a good thing to have all those children because she can't take care of them all at once. I think that the children must get transported to school in a bus that the parents might own.

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  8. The lady that has eighteen children might be in love with children and also is very rich. If the lady isn't rich then I don't know why she is into this. I believe that she doesn't think about her future and just wants to be famous or something like that.

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  9. I think this woman is really lucky to have 21 kids with the same guy because this days womans are too crazy.And the most important thing is the they were all born healthy, and she's very young too, I think this is a lucky thing that god gave her.She should be thankful.

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  10. i think they are in warefair becouse how can a mother and father can buy food food for 18 kids and i think they live in a farm becouse they could not live in a small house or an aparment

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  11. In my opinion what i think about the mother and father having 18 kids is way off the mind. The reason i say this is because they don't think the consequences they going to have the feature. For example i have a sister that has one baby and can't even handle it. They live with me and my mom and brother because they don't have enough money to live in a apartment. So that means that the mother that has 18 kids they will end up living there kids in the road and they will a have a bad career for the parents not having enough money. Also they are smart to know the consequences of what they are going through.

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  12. I agree on a women to have as many children as they wanted. If a women is capable of having childrens, then she should take advantage of it. Some women are not capable of having children, then she has to adopt one or be asseragate mother. If I would the mother of 18 kids, I would be grateful for the kids I had. Because for fact, when I get old I will have someone always taking care of me. Also, I would never have to say 'bye' to my kids yet.

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  13. This couple is crazy they are only thinking of them self. their not looking beyond the future of their children. they don't think of what their children are going to think of their mother having so many kids.

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  14. i think it is stupid. The reason i say this is if the mother and the father dont have the money to support the family they are going to have alot of problems.one problem is they cant go to college.college cost is 20,000 to 30,00 ayear.

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  15. I think that they can do whatever they want, because its a free country and it there own will.if they can pay money for their food or money for school.they can also get money on their taxes

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  16. In my opinion this woman is really dumb because she's not thinking about the children's educations. In my opinion the children's don't deserve the foolishness of their parents , what i think the government should take her children away and maker her husband get a bysectomy.

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  17. I do think that this is lack of responsibility. The parents must have a lot of money to have many children. i want to know how they pay attention to all of them. If they do not give attention to one child that child my have the wrong choices in doing bad since they don't gasp attention from their parents. The way they get attention can be a good or bad thing. I hope these parents support their children in the future and love the a lot to give them a better future.

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  18. The only thing I agree with this mother is that there is some blind ignorance going on in China, because of the rule of just one kid for family. Besides that I don't agree with her ideas of having as many babies as possible, because she is not going to be pregnant many times if she don't have the enough money to afford her kid's education, food, etc. I think that is not fair for her kids because if she doesn't have money and she wants a lot of kids, she is just bringing babies to life without thinking in their future. They will suffer because of not having a good life or a good education and their mother is not thinking about that.

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  19. i think that is right but at the same time is not right,because back then was really tough life to raise your kids,specially if you weren't wealthy.But at the same time it was really brave of her to raise those kids because no matter what was going on she still had them and raised them.

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  20. I believe that this lady is pretty bad. The reson i thnk of this is because of the way she is trying to pay for her children's education. I don't think that this is a good thing to happend to anyone, specially to a mother who wants her children's to go off to college.

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  21. during this year i use the computer to write and to do projects.i been using lots of technology in ms.cestone classroom. now i know to move pictures and drag them to another page and put words on it

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  22. I think all of your comments are very intresting. Those that stand out most are Leyda's and Jesus's. Leyda says that the woman is "lucky", and I whole-heartedly agree on the one hand, but on the other, Jesus says, "How will they pay for college?" and this begs further questions... Is it right to raise a child--any child--in ignorance? Should every child be equipped with the tools necessary to survive the 21st century and beyond?

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  23. Idon't agree with Victor oppinion because everyone deserve an education and the kids want to succed they should have a chance.

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