I don’t routinely follow the show “Nineteen Kids and Counting”, but I was shocked and touched by recent photos released by the family after the mother, Michelle, miscarried their twentieth child in her second trimester.
I was touched because the photos show how beautiful and perfect the hands and feet of Jubilee Shalom Duggar were. The family contacted “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” an organization I have endorsed in one of my books, in order to have a permanent memento of their 20th child. These photos are beautiful, loving, and clearly show how human this tiny child was.
What shocked me was that TMZ called these pictures “photos of the fetal corpse” and even included a disclaimer of their site, saying that these photos might offend viewers. Excuse me? What kind of offense could these little feet cause?
Except . . . it truly might shock and educate those who believe that an unborn baby is a featureless fetus, a creature less than human simply because it has never breathed outside its mother’s body. TMZ treated this entire story of the Duggar’s action as something macabre and horrible, and I, for one, think their reaction is what’s macabre and horrible.
Human life is fully human at conception. There is nothing horrible or shameful about a baby in the womb, even a baby that does not survive in the womb . . . unless that baby is forcibly pulled from the womb with a vacuum machine, a scalpel, or pair of scissors, or a salty solution that burns the baby’s skin from its body.
THAT’s horrible. That’s macabre. And I’m ashamed and shocked to realize that many in our nation have confused these two realities.