Jill Duggar posted a miscarriage photo that stirred up quite a bit of controversy this week. The reality star took to Instagram to share the picture and to acknowledge her “little sister” who was stillborn five years ago.
“[Five] years ago today my mom gave birth to my youngest little sister, Jubilee Shalom Duggar and Jesus welcomed her home to Heaven! She is a testimony to every life being beautiful; at 18 weeks gestation, she was a beautiful baby with little blue eyes, 10 fingers & 10 toes! She weighed 4 oz. and was 6 inches long.
We miss you Jubilee and look forward to meeting you one day in Heaven,” Jill wrote.
Jill Duggar’s miscarriage photo was met with mixed reactions from fans. While some people thought that the picture was a wonderful way to remember Jubilee, others voiced their opposite opinions, causing an all-out Insta-war on Jill’s post.
Jim Bob and Michelle lost baby Jubilee on December 8, 2011. The couple learned that their 20th baby no longer had a heartbeat. A few days later, Jubilee was stillborn. The Duggar family still considers December 11 to be Jubilee’s birthday.
Back in 2011, the Duggars shared stillborn photos of baby Jubilee with the media, and it caused a lot of controversy. An earlier report by The Daily Beast highlighted some of the debate that ensued following the release of the heartbreaking photos.
“It just seems too public and almost seems like, ‘OK, we’re stars, everybody wants to know abut us.’ From what I know of parents who have lost children, it’s horrific. It’s not something you want pictures of. There are people who will argue with me and say it’s a way of coming to terms with the death. But given the Duggars’ history, their television show, and the way they exploit their children, I just find this a cog in the same wheel. I find it rather distasteful,” said social psychologist Susan Newman at the time.
Jill Duggar posted the miscarriage photo for unknown reasons. It seems obvious that the miscarriage affected the whole family, and Jill really wanted to take a minute to remember this lost life. For many parents who have suffered such a devastating loss, this is understandable.
Many people were surprised to find out that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were going to have another baby after their 19th child, Josie, was born prematurely. The couple had previously said that they didn’t want an “odd number” of children, but many people thought that it was selfish of Jim Bob and Michelle to potentially put another baby’s life in danger.
When Michelle got pregnant with Jubilee, many people were simply outraged. The passing of the baby was heartbreaking for the family and for their millions of fans.
On a happier note, the Duggar’s 19th child, Josie, just turned 7 on December 10. The family posted the following message on Facebook to celebrate her life with fans.
“Happy late birthday post, Josie (even though you don’t have Facebook)! Every day we see you continue to grow into such a wonderful and sweet young lady with a loving heart and boy oh boy do you add excitement and entertainment to this house! We all love you very much!!! Everyone had a fun time celebrating Josie’s 7th birthday at our local bowling alley and going out for ice cream afterwards!”
Do you think Jill Duggar’s miscarriage photo was posted in poor taste? Do you think that taking photos of a stillborn baby is a beautiful way to remember the child or something that shouldn’t be done? Should the Duggar’s have shared these pictures with the public to begin with?
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