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It isn't just fertility treatment that needs to be regulated, but reproduction in general. American law in this regard makes no sense whatsoever. We have to be 18 to legally have sex but can have children at any age. Responsible and economically sound parents have to go through mountains of paperwork, interviews, visitations, etc. to adopt a child but an unemployed couple on welfare with four children already can have another with no questions asked. Where is the logic?
People recoil at the idea of the government telling them when, where, and how many children they can and can't have. The argument is that family planning is a personal matter - a basic human right - and the government has no place interfering. But is not quality of life also a human right? What about the quality of life for the poor kids born into families who can't support them, or where they're competing with 13 siblings for affection, as in the present case? What about everyone's quality of life when the country, continent, or planet is overpopulated? Many argue that the Earth is already past its carrying capacity for human population.
It seems to be a thorny issue that no one wants to touch, but hopefully this extreme case of the octuplets will spur some legislation in the right direction.
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