I saw that story as well and my immediate thought was how incredibly selfish it is for someone to bring in 18 children into a world when population control is already becoming one of the biggest problems humanity faces. We expect nations like China and India to get that under control, but here we have someone thinking it's a great idea to break the world record in how many children they can bear.
Perhaps these folks just would like to have 50 or so grandchildren. This reminds me of someone I know, who is one of over 50 grand children to his grandfather, seriously!
The person I'm referring to, coincidentally has so many cousins also as a direct result of religion. But the large difference is that his grandfather's children are from numerous wives (can you guess why?). The religion is Mormonism, and not long ago, it was accepted by them as a good thing and encouraged (because supposedly it was the will of God, same backward thinking as this story) to have as many children as possible, thus taking many wives, etc.
In any case, this brings to mind one of the things that I feel is the among the greatest problems with religions today. Everything in their religion's 'ancient' teachings is still often taken literally and that is clearly a mistake.
The present and the future absolutely should be taken into account, therefore, if religion is to be followed, for the greater good of the planet and for humanity, it should be more adaptive to change and the modern world (and not so literally to what the world was like hundreds of even thousands of years ago, when life was incredibly different than today).
Bottom line. Using religion as an excuse to have as many babies as is humanly possible is ridiculous and if anything, should be frowned upon, not celebrated, though on a final note... if this woman had done this after some post apocalypse and repopulating the earth was important to the survival of our species, only then would I have an entirely different opinion.
btw... over population is not a myth, our world population has doubled just in the last 50 years, imagine it doubling again!! You are likely to see that in your own lifetime. It's not about having enough room to live somewhere (elbow room), it's about the problem worsening from here on out with pollution, water supply and food supply (energy demands I'm confident will be the one thing that we'll be able to solve in the next 35 years regardless of population). So given this... being two people that plan on putting 50 to a hundred more people on the planet over the next 50 years does more to contribute to our forseeable future crisis when population will most certainly be a major issue.
People like that make me feel I should forget having more than two kids myself just to try and compensate for their selfishness. They are not making things better for the rest of the people on earth, they are simply manufacturing more consumers.