Becoming famous must not always be what it is cracked up to be. Nadya Suleman became famous in January of 2009 when she gave birth to the second full set of live octuplets to be born in the United States. She accomplished the amazing task by in vitro fertilization, an increasing controversial method or fertilization in a test tube that often produces multiple births.
Adding to the controversy that already existed, Suleman was in financial straights before the January 2009 births. She was unemployed, a single mom, and had been supporting her six other children with the aid of food stamps and Social Security disability benefits. She lived with her mother in a three-bedroom house that was in foreclosure at the time of the octuplets’ birth.
Now, Suleman is coming forward again with more financial woes. She has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy listing over $1 million in debt. According to the Associated Press, Suleman owes money to her father, the city’s water department, DirecTV, Whittier Christian School, and over $30,000 in rent payments to a four bedroom house. She listed a little over $50,000 in assets, which means she owes 20 times her net worth.
Suleman has been getting financially by through promoting the octuplet feat as a promotable novelty. After two years, the novelty has worn off with the public and reality has sit in. According to the news articles, amongst other things this famous mom has considered is turning to porn to support her clan.
Filing for bankruptcy protection may be the only sure fire way of being able to start over for the famous mom. It will certainly temporarily stop the collection activities that must be hounding her at the present. Unless Suleman develops skills that will enable her to support herself and her fourteen children, odds are she will be facing bankruptcy again some day sooner rather than later.
Suleman’s mother was once quoted as saying, “she has been obsessed with having children since she was a teenager.” If her mother is right, maybe it is time for Suleman to admit that fame has not been worth it, and for her to do something different for the sake of her children. Maybe her obsession is not working for the children.
So, how does society handle people like Nadya Suleman? Obviously, she and the children have become our society’s burden. Do we need to take a closer look at the science of in vitro fertilization and pass use laws to control these types of phenomenons? Should our court systems get into determining who is fit and unfit parents under such circumstances? Is Nadya Suleman a fit parent and does she have the right to bring more children into the world in vitro?
Nadya Suleman’s circumstances is raising many more questions than it is answers, but one thing is for sure, Suleman needs to file for bankruptcy protection. She most likely will need more than one filing if things do not financially change for her. The people who extend her credit should understand they do so at great risk, and therefore, they are just as culpable as Suleman for extending the credit.
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