She was 38 years old, divorced, had no steady income—and desperately wanted a baby. With her biological clock loudly ticking, Beth Goodman did what many women are doing these days—with a sperm donor and in-vitro fertilization, she had three embryos implanted in her uterus. Beth was elated to find out she was pregnant—but shocked to learn she was having quadruplets.
"I cried," she said. "Not happy, joyous tears but what-have-I-done and what-am-I-going-to-do kind of tears…I had no plans for quadruplets."
Faced with the toughest decision of her life, Beth was forced to decide the fate of her unborn children. In the end, she decided against "selective reduction" or adoption, and made the choice to keep all four babies and raise them on her own. It was a choice that not only her family was against, but one that sparked a public debate. Bill O'Reilly of The O'Reilly Factor weighed in, saying that taxpayers shouldn't have to help support the babies.
"I felt like my sister's life was headed for a total train wreck and she had no idea," says Beth's sister Leslie.