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She thinks even though she is single by choice, her 14 children will have a father someday. She also thinks that volunteers, friends and donations are on their way, and the octuplets’ Jan. 26 birth is a sign from God that she is “done” having children.

“I personally do not believe I’m irresponsible,” she told “Dateline.”

Big families do not faze me; my husband is one of 10 children, his father is one of seven and his mother is one of 12.

But there are great differences between the McCaughey and Suleman families. Whereas one is intact, self-sufficient and thriving, I’m pretty sure the other is headed for the full embrace of the state of California and its child-welfare services.

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