The Duggar Family Controversy


The Duggars are that family from Arkansas with the 19 kids. All biological, yes. They've been in the controversial spotlight for multiple reasons, but the latest is for a different reason altogether.

Image from Scott Enlow/TLC

Image from Scott Enlow/TLC

Some people don't think they should have so many kids, and should not continue to procreate. Things heated up when the Duggars had their 19th child, a little girl born prematurely with multiple medical issues. She lived and thrives.

Then the Duggars became pregnant with their 20th child. The baby, Jubilee Shalom, miscarried at 5 months gestation. The Duggars held a memorial service and included pictures of the baby's hands and feet, with a caption that reads, "There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world."

The internet tabloids are blowing up about this, calling it "disturbing" (Perez Hilton), disgusting (TMZ), and even odd and chilling (Newser). TMZ showed the pictures, and other outlets didn't, saying "readers with the stomach to view them" can click on the link.

Tiny hands and feet? I think they're amazing. Is the discomfort of the media due to that fine line between "fetus" and "baby"; between "not life" and "life"? Despite the Duggars' reality show and public face, does the media have any say in what is or isn't appropriate for a grieving family?

The Duggars aren't shy about their family's pro-Life stance. They don't see baby Jubilee as a miscarriage, they see her as their dead child. So they're celebrating her short life and mourning for their family.

Odd? Butting into the business of a bereft family and judging them for acknowledging their daughter is probably the oddest thing of all.

What are your thoughts?

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