China's 'Octomom' stokes one-child policy debate
Published Friday, December 30, 2011 8:40AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:00AM EDT
BEIJING - People in China have been amazed to learn about a couple that spent nearly a million yuan (US$160,000) and illegally enlisted two surrogate mothers to help have eight children.
The incident has highlighted the use of birth surrogates, a violation of Chinese law, and how wealthy Chinese do as they please, without regard for the one-child policy and other rules.
Chinese media are calling the mother "octomom," a reference to the American woman who gave birth to octuplets using in vitro fertilization.
While some suspect a hoax, a media officer with the Guangdong Health Department said the case was real and under investigation.