Octuplets and the Question of Reproductive Ethics
Basically, "the fertility doctor who helped a California woman have 14 children, including octuplets born last month, is facing a state investigation on top of harsh criticism from medical ethicists."
This raises some good questions. If we can do something, should we? Furthermore, who gets to decide? At what point does one's desires become trumped by ethical norms?
In light of that here is a link to An Overview to Reproductive Technologies. This will help orient you to the field, some of the procedures available and how they work as well as the ethical questions involved.
My professor for bioethics--Dr. Scott Rae--weighed in on the story in an article and I think his assessments are helpful:
Scott Rae, a fellow of the Centre for Bioethics and Human Dignity, said the case was neither a miracle nor cause for celebration. "The decision to implant eight or more embryos is indefensible," Dr Rae said. He applauded the woman's decision not to destroy any of her embryos, but suggested they could have been donated to other infertile couples.
Here are some other helpful articles to help us think ethically about decisions in our society.