• Tue, May 20 - 11:16 am ET

The Duggars Went To A Fertility Doctor In Hopes Of A 20th Kid, Which Is Totally Not ‘Leaving It Up To God’

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar 19 Kids and Counting parents in May 2014 episodeI’m well aware that The Duggar Family has no idea who I am, but if they’re seriously going to a fertility doctor in hopes of having a twentieth child, I have to assume they’re trolling me at this point because that is so. incredibly. hypocritical.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Duggars, first of all, welcome. You’ve come to the right place, because we here at Crushable are pretty up-to-date on this hypocritical clusterfuck. The Duggars are an extremely conservative family whose lives are documented on the TLC show 19 Kids And CountingThe title is pretty self-explanatory, but in case you haven’t puzzled it out yet, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are the parents of nineteen kids, although they haven’t technically been ‘counting’ since 2009, when their youngest child Josie was born via emergency C-section.

From day one, their explanation for the size of their family has been that they’re leaving things up to god. For that reason, they don’t use birth control, and Michelle was pregnant pretty much constantly for twenty years, which has had an unsurprisingly detrimental effect on her health; Josie was born about three months premature, weighing a little over one pound, and spent four months in the hospital before she was sent home with ongoing health issues. And as if that wasn’t a clear enough sign that Michelle’s body is giving out under the stress, the pregnancy after that one ended in a miscarriage in 2011.

Any logical person would take this is as a pretty clear sign — from god or otherwise — that Michelle should pump the brakes on having any more biological children, but the Duggars have stubbornly refused to accept the reality that’s staring them in the face. They’ve given many interviews expressing their interest in having more children, and now they’ve taken it a step further by actually going to a fertility doctor (a high-risk pregnancy specialist, no less) to see about having a twentieth child. WHICH IS DISTINCTLY NOT ‘LEAVING IT UP TO GOD’, RIGHT? THAT’S A MEDICAL INTERVENTION, YES?!? Sorry to get heated, I just honestly can’t believe what I’m seeing and hearing.

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“If I am in that season of life where we’re not able to have any more, then I’m fine, I ‘m happy with that. But if there are things physically I need to know, that I need to do, healthwise just to be ready to catch a baby if God saw fit to give us one.”

Okay. I’m not a medical professional, but if you really want to catch a baby, why not go down to your local adoption agency? From what I’ve heard, they have many pre-made babies to throw around, so go ahead and pick one up! According to Jim Bob, there are so many Christian homes willing to take them in that abortions shouldn’t even be legal! After all, don’t you think all those Christian homes praying for a baby kind of cancel out a woman’s right to choose what goes down in her own body?

Also please note that this is the longest Michelle has gone without a pregnancy in twenty-seven years, which is a fact that they flashed up on the screen as if she were an addict celebrating three years sober. Which actually doesn’t seem all that inaccurate at this point.

WHATEVER. Apparently the Duggars aren’t one of those households looking to provide a child with a home, because they’d rather have a fetus who can endanger not only its own life, but also the life of its Michelle as it gestates. Just like god wants, right? Or you could open your eyes and accept that if you’re really looking to god to set the size of your family, he or she has given you some pretty solid indications that nineteen is your lucky number.

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  • cici

    Hmm…this article struck me as hypocritical as well, but for different reasons. Do you believe a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body? The right to choose whether to end a pregnancy, not to have kids, or to have 19? If so, is it not hypocritical to tell Michelle Duggar what she should or shouldn’t do with hers?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      She can do whatever she wants, but she has to get her story straight. Is she doing it because she’s putting it in god’s hands or because she has the right to choose what happens in her own body?

      If it’s the first one — why is she then going to a fertility specialist? Seems like god has been pretty clear with her.
      And if it’s the second — then why don’t I deserve that same right?

    • Tony

      But she is not going to a fertility specialist. Just a high risk doctor. She is not looking to use fertility drugs or do IVF.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Just to do anything she can to encourage a high-risk pregnancy when she’s already had a premie and a miscarriage.

  • Mark

    I almost cry when I hear these people talk of another biological child, or even worse adopting. I struggled with infertility for 10 years with my first husband. It ended what was otherwise a happy marriage. I wanted children that badly, we just couldn’t move forward. I wouldn’t say I wasted 10 years, but I got pregnant in the first year of marriage with my second husband and had our baby at age 34. I never got pregnant again. I wanted more children, but my daughter is more than I had ever hoped for. I feel privileged, honoured and blessed by my daughter. I don’t feel like I failed because it’s only her.
    I also feel that Michelle is an incubator more than a Mom. The buddy system is a horrible idea. Why should older sisters be responsible for the day-to-day care of their younger siblings? Michelle breastfeeds, home schools, and leaves ALL the laundry up to Grandma Duggar, and the cooking and cleaning up to the older girls. As honourable as it is that they are financially self sufficient, that was not without skimming a few laws. Having your home designated as a church to avoid property taxes may not be illegal, but I imagine other large families of many different faiths could financially benefit from a similar tax measure, but somewhere along the line, the conscience kicks in, and realizes that not being a drain on the system is just as important as contributing to the system.

    • Isabelle

      I think it’s fine that the older siblings help out. What’s wrong about that? I thi that’s a great way to parent and has a lot of benefits like teaching them responsibility and caring for other people. And it creates a sense of community with in the family.

  • shorty_RN

    Didn’t the last one pretty much fall out at like, 23 weeks? I’m pretty sure Michelle is addicted to having a newborn, which is an actual thing.

  • Awesomus

    Poor Michelle Duggar’s Uterus. I wish there was a way to free you. One day you’ll just plop onto the floor in pure and utter exhaustion. I hope for your sake, Uterus that it’s very very soon.

  • Lefty Blitzer

    These are some real sick, disgusting pieces-of-shit.

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  • haley m

    This family makes me sick, I literally gag on the hypocricy. The main thing that makes me livid is Michelle’s quest for “20 gifts from God”. HE GAVE YOU 20 YOU IGNORANT selfish drain on the planet. SHE died. What must you God think of you that you do NOT count your children that have passed away as children? She was a life. She counted. Now try to get your OWN life besides getting your only validation from cranking a baby out of your crotch that you will hand off to one of your older kids to take care off.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yupppp.

  • Nicole

    You seem to be confused. They did not see a fertility doctor to try to conceive. They were inquiring about whether Michelle can physically conceive any more. They said whether they have any more is up to God. They are not seeking fertility treatments.

  • Dar

    Could I make a point,saying that they leave it up to God to have babies or not,God makes us fertile but expects us to control the amount of kids we can control and afford,it’s like saying I am going to walk across 4 lanes of traffic and I expect God to not let me get hit that is stupid,I will jump into the ocean and I expect God to not let me drown or be eaten by sharks ,,,crazy,or I will drive my car to the store but I won’t touch the wheel I expect God to control the steering wheel and not let me crash,we have to use common sense ,USE protection,only have the amount of children you can control,I have two sons,I am thankful for two sons I had no right to keep having babies I couldn’t afford just to try to get a girl .Is anyone with me on this

  • Dar

    Michelle If GOD wants you to have another baby he will knock you up,but getting the Dr, to do it goes against everything you and Jim Bob preach, you are losing cred here pick one or the other

  • korah

    First off, if you watched the episode she was NOT going to the doctor to try and get pregnant, she was inquiring about the likelihood of it happening. Second, I could see if they depended on the government for her, which they don’t. They actually have jobs, THEY have no debt, THEY built their house, THEY teach they kids, and THEY don’t worry about what you do with their life because it doesn’t affect them so why do they make you sick. Sounds like a bunch of jealous crazy opinionated crazy folks. Again if you watched the show you would know that she used to take.birth control and suffered a miscarriage and decided each pregnancy was a blessing. Some.people who cannot have children feel the same way. Let them be. Your tax money is safe from them.

  • LetLogicPrevail

    I’m confused. The miscarried child (which I would not wish on anybody because losing a child for any reason at any time sucks no matter who you are!) was named and buried in a service I thought something like 1000 people attended. So aren’t they at 20 Kids and Counting? Hasn’t Michelle experienced her 20th child? Why doesn’t this kid count? But if Jill and Jessa are married/getting married, then are we counting backwards now, and back down to 18 Kids and Counting (Down)? More questions: If God is in charge of how many babies you catch and not okay with women wearing pants and the Duggars pride themselves on their “countenance”, then help me understand Duggars wearing makeup, eyeglasses, braces, and perming their hair? Doesn’t this go against you accepting your body the way God made it? Finally, I’ve only heard of the Free Jinger idea and don’t really know what it’s about, but what about poor Joy Anna, stuck in the middle of 8 boys? She’s almost like an only child with all her sisters clustered at the top and bottom of the birth order. I worry about her! I agree; Take this family off the airwaves! They represent nothing normal, decent, admirable or “encouraging” about…. well, anything, other than Michelle seems rather daft and Jim Bob is clearly a horn dog.

  • gammachris

    Maybe they’re OCD. Twenty is such a nice, round number.