This week's question is not likely to garner a lot of opposing opinions. It's still a good question to ponder.
Octomom inks showbiz deal for tots
Octuplet mother Nadya Suleman has signed agreements for each of her 14 children to earn $250 a day to star in a reality television show.
The contracts filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court guarantee the children will collectively earn about $250,000 over three years. The contracts require a judge's approval.
Suleman gave birth to the world's longest-surviving set of octuplets on Jan. 26. The medical curiosity of their delivery turned to public outrage when it was learned that the single, unemployed mother had been caring for her six other children with the help of food stamps and Social Security disability payments for three of the youngsters. Suleman said previously that some of the disability money was spent on in vitro fertilizations, which was used for all 14 of her children.
There are so many issues here.
First is the notion that she used public funds to bankroll these in vitro fertilizations. This is a very significant issue with the ongoing debate over "health care reform". What are your thoughts on paying for a welfare mom to produce more welfare children?
Is she exploiting her children?
Was this whole thing premeditated? Did she have the children to have a TV show?
Is this as much the fault of society as hers? In other words, does our voyeuristic, sensationalistic, celebrity obsessed society set the stage for this type of behavior?
Finally there is this:
The contracts require a judge's approval
This in itself brings up other issues.
Should the court allow it?
Should the court be involved at all?
So what do you think about this?