The Ripple Effects Of Octo-Breeding
Adhi Darmawan

The Ripple Effects Of Octo-Breeding

It seems the hyper-breeding antics of "octomom" Nadya Suleman have now prompted television networks to halt production of reality shows or documentaries about women trying to have babies in any non-conventional way, writes former NPR "Day to Day" host Madeleine Brand on her new parenting blog. The move is meant to hold on to advertisers who might otherwise flee out of fear of some kind of negative octo backlash.

Brand heard this latest development from a talent agent, so it's hearsay at the moment, but it wouldn't be surprising given the domino effect Suleman's brash baby-making decisions have generated. Since the Cal State Fullerton grad descended with her dozen-plus kids onto the media universe, Suleman has created an ethical conundrum for the pro-life folks; the pro-choice folks don't know what to make of her (so they ignore her); she's provoked lawmakers into writing new laws to regulate the wildly unregulated fertility clinic industry and the Medical Board of California has launched an investigation into the treatment practices of Suleman's fertility doctor, Michael Kamrava.

Brand wonders if the taboos around unconventional baby-making Suleman has spawned will eat into other non-traditional set-ups, like that of the two dads who "outsourced" the pregnancy of their first child to a woman in India -- a story which Brand is video-documenting.


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