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What’s Wrong With This News Story?

I can understand the desire to pile on Nadya Suleman and the media hysteria. However, the title of this headline is simply stupid:

Another Octuplet Mom in LA?

Last Edited: Saturday, 14 Feb 2009, 7:29 AM EST
Created On: Saturday, 14 Feb 2009, 12:04 AM EST

* By MIKE BRODY, MyFox National

LOS ANGELES – The doctor who helped Nadya Suleman get pregnant with octuplets has reportedly transferred at least seven embryos to another patient.

According to the Los Angeles Times , a woman in her late 40s went to Dr. Michael Kamrava hoping to become pregnant with one baby.

The Times now says she is 5-months pregnant with quadruplets and hospitalized. The paper adds that the woman has no insurance so she was transferred to a county hospital where she will stay until the births which might not be for two or three months.

The new case has fueled the controversy over the ethical standards of Kamrava’s practice and whether the fertility industry needs more regulation, according to the Times.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine , which has guidelines limiting the number of embryos that can be transferred depending on the woman’s age and other circumstances, said it is also examining the doctor’s practice. No laws govern this issue.

Now I realize this is FOX News which means their journalistic standards are pretty low. I also concede that this case involving quadruplets (which I have previously written about) is disconcerting and worthy of criticism. But to say that a woman who is carrying four babies is “another octuplet mom” is just not supported by the English language. I guess this is what one should expect from FOX News, trying to feed the hysteria and finding sites like Drudge willing to perpetuate it.


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