I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to tell parents who have suffered a miscarriage how to behave. People express grief in all sorts of ways, even ways you might consider distasteful. That said, a video message to miscarried baby Jubilee Shalom Duggar strikes me as pro-life messaging first and foremost. “So often in society, babies are looks on as a problem, trial or responsibility,” mama Michelle Duggar reads, “but God says babies are a blessing. We do not believe that babies are a bother or a headache, a financial drainer or a career interrupter.” What a lovely way to honor Jubiliee: by guilt-tripping other women who have terminated unwanted pregnancies!
The video’s image alone is of extremely tiny baby fingers touching an adult hand, which is one of the most commonly used images of pro-lifers. Even though the majority of abortions occur during the first trimester, when the fetus mostly a combination of cells, emotion-exploiting pro-lifers will use pictures of premature babies with fully-formed hands and feet to try to scare people into thinking they’re killing a tiny person.
Like I said, grieve however you want. But don’t try to pretend this “video message to Jubilee” is actually a video message to Jubiliee, as opposed to what it really is: pro-life propaganda exploiting the family’s miscarriage. (Also: if you or someone you love has experienced a miscarriage, it’s probably not a good idea to listen to this video which, at certain points, is actually quite sweet and touching.) [Vimeo via Jezebel]
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