There has been so much anger and animosity directed toward Nadya Suleman and the birth of her Octuplets, that I’ve become offended by it. I surprised myself recently by defending the woman. A group of us were having dinner together when the subject of the Octuplets came up.
“She’s crazy,” one friend said. “We’re having litters now, like animals. She should be in a psychatriic hospital.”
“In that case,” I retorted, “if she is crazy, shouldn’t we have compassion for her?”
“But think of what it’s costing?”
“It all boils down to dollars and cents, doesn’t it?” I said, ducking when a bread roll was thrown at me. “Do you no longer believe in reproductive freedom? It seems to me that we have more things to be outraged about than the birth of eight babies!”
“She just wants’ publicity. I hope no one sends her one diaper, not one.”
“Well, I said,” heating up for a battle I wasn’t sure of, “I’m glad to know how generous you are.”
Somehow, I’m reminded of the man who gave me advice before I made my first trip to India. “Be careful of the beggars,” he said. “They all have their hands out.”
The fellow giving me such kindhearted counsel was wearing a Rolex watch, a custom styled suit, and was driving a Rolls.
Yeah, I thought. Be careful of the beggars.
Causes Pat Montandon Supports
PETA, Women for Women, Amnesty International, Children as the Peacemakers, Peace to The Planet