Cue another "R-word" economic environment and looky over there: Octuplets!!!
It was a midwinter miracle; eight babies born to a single mother and every one of them delivered alive. For a nation enduring its deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the tale was a welcome relief from bail-outs and bankruptcies. But this weekend, as the journalistic pack chases an altogether darker dimension to the story of Nadya Suleman, the feel-good factor has suddenly vanished.
The birth of Suleman's eight babies - six boys and two girls - was clearly an extraordinary event. Only one previous case of eight surviving babies had ever been recorded in the US. Yet as the eccentricity of Suleman's background and biography emerges, America is suddenly recoiling in shock. Far from being a heart-warming tale of wonder, the more that becomes known about the Suleman family, the more it seems something very disturbing has occurred. Public reaction has quickly turned from joy to shock and anger.
By last night, it was clear that Suleman is not an infertile woman who sought medical help to have children. The 33-year-old Californian already has six children. She is single and has no visible means of support for her current family ...
Her family has revealed that she may have serious mental-health problems and be addicted to having children. Her own mother, Angela Suleman, told one Associated Press reporter: "[She] is not evil, but she is obsessed with children. She loves children, she is very good with children, but obviously she overdid herself."
Right from the very first press release, this event drew praise from the usual Vulture Culture suspects: zygote zealots and abortion-criminalizers like Canada's Blob Blogging Wingnut heaped praise on Nadya Suleman for resisting the option of aborting some of the embryos in order to gestate the others for a longer term inside her womb. The BAY-BEEEZ!!! The BAY-BEEEZ!!! was their collective howl.
Strange how things go ... it was only April last year that Yale University art student Aliza Shvarts caused major controversy for her proposed senior art project .
Who knew that fetus fetishists were performance art critics?