With families like the Duggars and the Gosslins and raking in so many dollars for the TLC network, of course a new formula reality show about yet another huge family is being unveiled this fall. Quints By Surprise will follow a family of, you guessed it, quintuplets as they coo and cry times five.
It is no surprise that life imitates art. With this glorification of large families in popular culture it is no coincidence that regular families are being super-sized as well. Just this past month I have learned of two families welcoming four or more in early 2011. Some of this is due to irresponsible fertility medicine, but a closer look at most of these families shows the new multiples are not a couple's first baby.
Jon and Kate already had twins when they began fertility treatments (and got six babies) and Octomom already had six children before her giving birth to her latest batch of eight. And the Quints By Surprise? They have two older siblings as well.
What gives people the right to have all these kids?
Overpopulation is a problem. Even with the greenest initiatives, an American family will still use more gas, oil and agriculture resources than a family in any other nation. A family of eight in India, for example, uses less resources than of a western family of four. Couple that with the infant mortality rate in developing countries vs. the high chance that an American baby will grow to be a functioning adult and you see the problem. There are too many of us.
Zero Population Growth is an initiative to limit human reproduction to 2.11, the approximate replacement rate. That means nine out of ten families should have only two children with the exception being a third child. Not a nineteenth.
I'm not saying the government should get involved in policing family size, but how about eco-conscious manners? Why do the Duggars think creating 20 new households is fair to the planet and to the rest of society? Actually, it's pretty rude!
When each Duggar child grows up and establishes a home, that's eighteen more electric bills, eighteen more lawns that need watering, eighteen more Sunday papers being delivered, eighteen more gallons of milk per week and eighteen more groups of new siblings being born than would have taxed our resources than had Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar been responsible, earth-friendly people.
Birth control is the greenest product you can buy.
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