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Does a Woman's Right to Choose Apply to Michelle Duggar?

Does a Woman's Right to Choose Apply to Michelle Duggar?

Is it hypocritical when people who firmly believe in a woman's right to choose criticize Michelle Duggar for having so many children? Yesterday, Jim Bob and Michelle announced that they are expecting their 19th baby next year. Once we posted, readers responded with a slew of comments. While some wished the expanding big brood well, the majority of posters questioned the parent's birth control methods, child rearing abilities and religious beliefs. One commenter said:

Hey, look, if you're going to argue that a woman has a right to choose, don't get down on someone who chooses to use their ability to have as many kids as they want. I, too, think it's gotten a bit grotesque, but it's their life and if that's how they want to live it, so freakin' be it.

What's your opinion? If you've got strong opinions, mosey on over to our Duggar Discussion group at LilSugar's Community!

Source: TLC

ali321 ali321 8 years
I just think that there are too many people on the planet already. I mean I don't think it should be the government's business, but I don't personally think people should have that many kids. That's crazy.
danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
I agree with the very first poster. That being said, I think it's sad to see the older kids bear the responsibilities of their siblings. The older kids are RAISING their siblings, that's not right. I have seen the show and think they have some great family values, but there are some things that just don't sit right with me. The foods they eat are toxic (processed, check out their site for their menu) as well, hard to buy healthy foods with that many mouths. And seriously, how do they find time to make more children!?
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
she has the right to be her freak self.
themommaduck themommaduck 8 years
How can this even be a debate? The right to choose means THE. RIGHT. TO. CHOOSE. Period. :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Agreed, haus. (with everything) I will never understand their decision to have so many children, but that's what they have chosen to do and I can't fault them for it.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Niami your comment is hateful and I truly feel sorry for you. The Duggars aren't on assistance, they built their house themselves. I'm sure they get compensated somehow from the show but they were doing just fine without the show and I'm sure they still would be. People want to hate them because they are good people and good people make some people feel very self-conscious.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I think they have a very happy family and I think she's a great mom. I say more power to them. I don't know how old she is but she seems to have a very healthy reproductive system!
kty kty 8 years
as long as they can afford to care for all those kids,they can have as many as they want.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
I don't know much about their parenting style or religious views (although I think I can guess them =P), but it seems like they're under scrutiny 24/7, so if there's something wrong or if they don't treat their kids right, someone will notice quickly. I'll bet there are many parents of only children who treat them much worse than these two.
patina patina 8 years
these aren't even in the same set of choices! if they can support their family (& yes, they've got a tv show, etc) & they enjoy children, they are raising their children with values & to be respectful...(i do wonder about the shape of her uterus though...) the choice of a woman to be able to kill her baby because he's/she's viewed as an inconvenience or for whatever reason is the complete opposite on the spectrum! one is about giving life, the other is ending it for selfish reasons. & when you ask 'does she have too many?' where would one draw the line? 18 is okay, 19 is too many? 19 is okay, 20 is too many? it's quite difficult to start drawing arbitrary lines like that.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Niami, why would you wish painful things on people you've never met (and children, no less) ? And besides having many siblings and being *gasp* Christian, what's twisted about the way they've been raised?
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
oh, and KrisB - thanks for speaking for the liberals...they usually are too timid to speak for themselves ;)
Niami Niami 8 years
I find comfort in knowing that despite the twisted way these kids have been raised, there are chances that some will be gay and possibly have kids out of wedlock and every other thing that scares the crapola out of christians.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
i definitely wish they'd stop - but i wouldn't force that choice on them.
KrisB KrisB 8 years
A lot of times liberals are all about the right to choose when its their choice. While I personally don't agree with such an extreme life style at least their kids aren't a burden to society. I know folks with 1 or 2 kids in and out of juvenile facilities or jail. Or people having 5 or 6 babies on welfare.
esk4 esk4 8 years
In my area there are a lot of families (mostly Jewish, but not all) who also do not believe in using any form of B.C. they also have numerous children, maybe not 19 but I have seen families with more than 10 pretty often. I think as long as you can support them without government assistance you should have as many children as you want. Its the many women out there who are already on government assistance and having 4-5 kids that are a problem, and a drain on our government.
ms-jamerz ms-jamerz 8 years
I agree with most of you on this issue. They seem to be financially stable and have a loving home and family. Still sounds crazy to me though and also - isn't having children after a certain age risky? just a thought..
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