Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Have you heard about the octuplets born in Northern California this week? It's not exactly an emergency medicine case, but it does raise a large number of issues in medical ethics. A report today in the Washington Post does a good job, I think, of outlining the criticisms and principles involved here. What do you think?


  1. I think that population pressure is responsible for almost every problem we have in the modern world.

    I also think that ignoring evolution is kind of risky in the long run.

    One man's opinion.

  2. It's hard to imagine why any reproductive endrocrinologist would transfer 8 embryos under any circumstance.

    I believe that individuals have a right to their own reproductive choices, but even I do support someone with 6 children choosing to give birth to more when the individual does not appear to have the resources to support those children.

    What is the argument "for" supporting this decision? I don't know that the article makes one that I find the least bit convincing.