Dateline MSNBC ran a show Wednesday night talking about the 10th anniversary of the world's only septuplets
(7 children born at once.) Dateline has been following the
McCaughey family and the parents Bobbi and Kenny since the children were born and how they have been doing all these years.
The story is mostly positive, upbeat and fast-moving as they focus on each child and what their interests are etc..
Two of the seven children were born with cerebral palsy and have had some struggles in learning how to walk correctly. They struggled in a particular way with daughter Alexis, however, both children are on the road to walking independently and seemed to be doing rather well displaying that enthusiasm for life that children have.
Then the reporter, Ann Curry, drops this bomb on the parents:Ann Curry
: Knowing now where Alexis is, do you feel any regret about your decision to carry all seven babies?
: How could I? Look at Alexis. There's not a person in this world who loves being alive more than she does. How could I feel sorry that I had all of my children?
: The answer will be the same from now until 100 years. We don't regret it at all.
I give kudos to Bobbi and Kenny for not reaching out and strangling Ms. Curry for asking one of the most insensitive questions you could possibly ask somebody.
Her question does not reflect the reality of the situation that the McCaugheys find themselves in, after all they met at Bible college, are devout Baptists and believe in the sanctity of life.
Her question instead reflects the inability of the media to come to grips with the fact that this family long ago decided that the only solution to having so many children was not abortion, but that they should instead give themselves away to them.
Her question makes no sense otherwise. In a world that only sees the hardship and struggle with raising children and the difficulty that can bring, the McCaughey situation seems impossible, and so there is a tendency to see them as a "show" that needs to be promoted and talked about, because it is so different from her own worldview.
Ms. Curry cannot possibly understand how they could go through all of this, especially with disabled children, and not regret having some of them "selectively terminated," a phrase she used in the interview.
It's really sick, but the abortion mentality is strong and weighs heavily on the minds of those who are uncomfortable with the proud witness of a life devoted unselfishly to the care of others.
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