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Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman says embryos 'were lives. You either use them or destroy them'

Nadya Suleman’s squabble with her mother was aired.

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Nadya Suleman’s squabble with her mother was aired.

LOS ANGELES — In a videotaped squabble with her mother posted Monday on a gossip Web site, the woman who gave birth to octuplets said she had no choice but to use the embryos she had because her only other option was to destroy them.

"I'm not going to destroy the embryos, period. Done, done, done," Nadya Suleman told her mother in a video taken last week and posted on RadarOnline.com. "You can't go back and alter the past."

Angela Suleman had told her daughter that "you should have considered your six other children" before going through the in vitro fertilization procedure that led to her to give birth to eight more children last month.

"They were frozen and you did not have to do anything," Angela Suleman said.

"They were lives," her daughter responded. "… You either use them or destroy them."

Nadya Suleman said donating the embryos to someone else was not an option. "I couldn't even fathom the idea of having my own children out in the world" without knowing them, she said.

Single and unemployed, Suleman, 33, gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26. All 14 of her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization, with sperm from an unidentified, platonic friend, she has said.

Suleman has not responded to repeated interview requests. Her phone has been disconnected and she no longer has a publicist.

On ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, a former boyfriend of Suleman's said he wants DNA testing to determine if he's the father of the octuplets and her older children. Denis Beaudoin told ABC that he donated sperm to Suleman during their three-year relationship in the late 1990s because she claimed to have ovarian cancer. He claims Suleman's older children bear a resemblance to him.

Regardless of whether DNA tests show he is the father, Beaudoin, a divorced father of two, pledged to help Suleman, because "it's hard nowadays to raise two kids, let alone 14 kids."

Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman says embryos 'were lives. You either use them or destroy them' 02/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 23, 2009 11:10pm]
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