I think one of the predominant reasons why I have written several columns directed at Nadya Suleman (the mother of octuplets) is because I have always been an advocate of children. I have done so in previous columns concerning pedophilia as well as the rape of children in the Congo. Both repulse me.
Not that she has done anything so heinous, but my concerns are for her children.
I have raised the all important question of how a single mother who is unemployed can care for these children along with the six previous ones she had. The state can only do so much, but the ultimate responsibility is hers.
Before I get into the crux of this piece, a reader stated she should be free to have as many as she wanted and the state should provide for their care. Below is my direct response to her.
This is not the case of natural procreation, but one where a doctor intercedes to help a woman become pregnant. In these cases where multiple births can occur, I think new legislation should come into play. The state and doctor should look into the financials and if they see you cannot afford these multiple births, while you may own the embryos, you should not have the right to have them implanted with the state ultimately being the care giver. As for food stamps: with what money? California which is the eighth largest economy in the world is presently facing a $42 billion dollar deficit.
As a direct result of this ailing economy before one is able to purchase a home, those who wish to purchase one will have their financials scrutinized to see if they can actually afford it. Why not in the case of invitro-fertilization?
Enough said on her case, but again, it does involve her due to this deepening recession where many experts fear we are already in a depression or at least entering it. I do fear for our children at this point and their safety.
What has been lost as the media focused on Suleman are real cases of child abuse due to this economy.
As you will clearly read in this Newsday article, "John Imhof, commissioner of the Nassau Department of Social Services" stated, "The worsening economy is placing great stress on the county's families," Which makes me wonder if the other localities across this country are also seeing a spike in child abuse cases due to this worsening economy.
One case that shocked Long Islanders was the case where Leatrice Brewer murdered her three children. Will we see these numbers go up? When many think that the state can adequately deal with child abuse cases, let alone this horrific case of murder; I am not so sure.
In that same article, "Laura Velez, deputy commissioner for child welfare and community services of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services" had this to say, "It's put a lot of stress on the child welfare system," Think of that as some states will be forced to cut back the services they provide to its citizens. Often it will be the children who will suffer. Some like Brewer’s children will never get to see this economy turn around.
As I read this one particular article, I reacted angrily towards those Republicans who refused to back President Obama’s Stimulus Package. The ‘Party of No’ just said through their unification vote against it, no to helping children. Exactly how can they be a family values party when the most innocent amongst us have suffered and will continue to suffer as agencies are stretched to the limit?
In Idaho, you will clearly read in this one shocking article, "The economy is playing a role in the number of child abuse cases in the Treasure Valley...CASA appoints volunteers to children who have been placed in foster care due to suspected abuse or neglect." These are clearly children who have been left behind and are not being heard from in this national debate on the economy.
Since Suleman and her children live in California, this ABC article is one I feel all should read as we face this economic firestorm. In it they reported on January 16th, 2009, “Experts believe the sour economy is to blame for a disturbing trend. The number of child abuse cases is on the rise locally.”
It is when I read this part, the bile truly came up, it is where a ten-year old boy, Seth Ireland was allegedly beaten to death by his mom’s boyfriend. You will be shocked to read this passage, "Kallsen said the abuse Ireland faced is just one of thousands of cases reviewed each month here in the Valley. Kallsen said there is a direct connection between child abuse and the bad economy."
You know, I truly understand how some are focused on any war-crimes committed by the Bush administration, but it is cases such as these that cry out for economic justice. The most innocent amongst us are suffering so and where some are even being murdered due an economy that continues to falter. Their pleas are the ones we must be hearing above others.