Criticism of octuplets’ mother unfair

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    Americans are balking at a mother’s choice to bring another eight lives into existence in addition to the six children she already had.

    Yet so far this year, an estimated 5 million babies have been aborted around the world.

    “All I’ve ever wanted was to be a mom,” was the response of the mother of 14 children, Nadya Suleman, to the aggressive accusations of “The Today Show” anchor Ann Curry that Suleman has been quite “selfish.”

    Suleman’s desire to have a big family to compensate for a lonely childhood causes everyone to question her. Yet, Angelina Jolie does an interview with CNN to promote a People magazine deal that brought $4 million for the first pictures of her child, Shiloh, and everyone just laps it up.

    So what if Suleman receives welfare? Three of her children are suffering from disabilities that require attention, and shouldn’t the government help her with that?

    In 2005, the government assisted 2 million needy people through welfare. It’s not like Suleman is alone in accepting assistance in caring for her children. At least she is honest about needing help.

    Marina Gavrielova from Brooklyn, N.Y., received $360,000 in federal aid between 2002-2007 and she was not the single, struggling mother she claimed to be. In fact, she used most of that money to travel to around the world, visiting Italy, Mexico and several Caribbean islands before she was discovered to be a fraud. The father of her children, whom she lived with, made $98,000 a year driving limousines.

    Suleman admits that the father, her current boyfriend and sperm donor for all the children, did not know she had decided to have eight more.

    Suleman had been married before and suffered multiple miscarriages during her seven-year failed marriage. So why doesn’t she have the right to have a big family?

    The babies have been born into a world that scrutinizes their very existence, and it’s unfair. Society tolerates abortions but questions the motives of mothers like Suleman who embrace a large family.