I’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 Counting. The 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.
“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.