If she had the money to raise 14 children, it would not be an issue to me. The fact that she continues to pop out children with no financial means to support them other than welfare, is what is the problem.
But, since they are now here, what does society do?
What do we do to prevent this from happening again? How do we stop mentally unstable people from doing things that are obviously not good for them or us?
I think you are missing part of the story.
These embryos did not just happen. This deluded woman took money (from a workers’ compensation settlement) and traveled 80 miles to find a IVF clinic and a doctor, who, we are told, has a terrible rate of pregnancy success, were it not for her. We do not know, for example, how many responsible doctors turned her down. Notice, too, that her pregnancy was managed at a Kaiser Hospital (at taxpayer expense), a hospital which did not apparently provide her with infertility treatment or implantation.
So: an emotionally inadequate woman, a doctor of questionable judgement (at the very least), and money lubricating them both.
Reproduction is not a personal issue for some; it has been politicized. Doctors have also been sued for declining to provide IVF to women and directing them to other IVF clinics. So the answer to the question, “What does society do?” is, demand that doctors are sensible (and yank their licenses if they are not), demand counseling for the disturbed, and take tort and sexual politics out of the whole process.
I understand that the embryos did not just happen, but they were created. Anyway, I don’t think overreacting to one instance is going to do any good.
Deluded people always find other deluded people. We can’t legislate everyone’s actions.
On another note, she says that it is the same father for all of them. I wonder how many times he had to produce his samples for this. One time? Where is he?