Friday, January 30, 2009

Deja Vu in the news

Does anyone else think this smacks of the same kind of hit piece that was done on Joe the Plumber?
(CBS) CBS News has learned that the family of the octuplets born this week outside Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy and abandoned a home a little over a year-and-a-half ago.

Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman says the mother is in her mid-thirties and lives with her parents.

There's been no mention of the octuplets' father, Kauffman observes.

The grandfather, she adds, is apparently going to head back to his native Iraq to earn money for the growing family. He told CBS News he's a former Iraqi military man.

Kauffman reported Thursday, and the octuplets' maternal grandmother now confirms to the Los Angeles Times, that the babies' mother already had six young children.

In order to dig this up in three days since the birth, CBS had to have gotten started digging for dirt immediately. So why would they want to slime this woman? The answer is a few paragraphs down:
"The options," said Henry, "were to continue the pregnancy or to selectively abort. The patient chose to continue the pregnancy."

Dr. Karen Maples, who also helped deliver the octuplets, read a statement from the mother saying, "My family and I are ecstatic about all of their arrivals."[Emphasis mine]

The rest of the article is devoted to various jackals discussing how irresponsible it was for the doctors to allow her to have fertility treatments. None of that talk about how a woman should make her own decisions, and doctors should respect those decisions. If she'd aborted, they'd be full of defense for her "choice."

Expect to see more media oppobrium leveled at her for having defied the liberal axiom that fewer children are better. Just like Joe the Plumber learned about free speech, the fact that it's her right right doesn't mean they'll let you get away with exercising it.

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