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Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Octuplets' mother

How in the world is she going to do it? And what is it going to cost the rest of us?

Those are the central questions swirling around the once-inspiring story of Nadya Suleman, the 33-year-old California woman who gave miraculous birth on Jan. 26 to octuplets.

The medical success story that warmed the hearts of millions quickly made as many jaws go slack when we later learn- ed that Suleman will not only be caring for eight newborns, but that she already has six other young children at home, including one with autism.

The logistics of trying to care for that many young children would be enough to drive any parent batty. But add to the impossible equation that Suleman is a single mother, she lives with her parents in a small home, she is unemployed and a number of the newborns will face almost certain medical problems.

Almost everyone has an opinion about Suleman's decision to take these odds, and to drag the rest of us along with her, since it is hard to believe this family will not be needing society's help.

Let's call it what it is: indulgent, irresponsible and unethical on Sule- man's part, and on the part of the doctors who helped her get pregnant for the fifth time.

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