Duggars Show Photos of Dead Fetus
Chilling picture of tiny feet, hand passed out at memorial service
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2011 12:30 AM CST
Updated Dec 15, 2011 4:31 AM CST
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have named the fetus Michelle lost in her second trimester, and have now released photos of the fetus.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An odd twist to a sad story: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have now distributed photos of their dead fetus, the newly named Jubilee Shalom, at an Arkansas memorial service, reports TMZ. "There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world," said a caption beneath a photo of the minuscule feet of the fetus Michelle miscarried in the second trimester. Another shows a hand of the fetus with the caption: "Michelle holding Jubilee's hand!" Those with the stomach to view the images of the almost-20th child of 19 Kids and Counting can click here.

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Oct 14, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
I am amazed at the strong emotions that the Duggar family's decision brought out in people. Why is it a bad thing to show a picture of your child? Regardless of whether people think she should or shouldn't have had another child, this was a baby and a member of their family. Is it because it is too hard for people to cope with the fact that a five month old "fetus" was actually a baby? It's a lot easier to ignore that fact when the child is still in the womb and you don't have to see it. But when a picture of a tiny hand or foot is forced in front of your face it's a little harder to deny the human life that was lost. I aplaud them for taking pictures of their little one and not being afraid to share it. Do I believe they should continue having children? It's not my place to say. That is a personal decision. Do I agree with the way they are raising their family? Again, it doesn't matter. I am responsible for MY family.
Dec 17, 2011 12:23 PM CST
Full Quiver people could no more practice birth control than I could fly. Not even "natural family planning". They believe God opens and closes the womb. Financial responsibility is very much a part of their lifestyle. Not understanding and criticizing their religious beliefs is not in keeping with our founding father's plans for this country. These extremely large families are not common in our culture but were common at the time of our country's founding. That being said, the Duggars have absolute faith that God will provide for their family. As to the photos, it is common in the South to take pictures of the deceased. Being a transplant to the South, I found that very disturbing and do not do that myself, but accept that some people choose to do it. Pro-life factions hand out pins of 10 or 15 week fetus feet to illustrate that the fetus who is in jeopardy of a legal abortion is indeed a human being, and not a nebulous blob. I would not have shown those pictures of a personal loss, but I weill defend their right to do it. I thought the pictures were tastefully done. I was driving down the road a few years ago and this truck passed me with VERY graphic pictures of dismembered, aborted 2nd trimester fetuses depicted in 8 ft high illustration. I almost wrecked my car looking at it. Now, I think that was gross representation for a shock effect in a most dangerous manner. That miscarried fetus was a child to the Duggars. They have lost the hopes and dreams they had for that babe. They are grieving the loss of an innocent child. That grief is terrible. You may not agree with the Duggars but, please, pray for God's peace for them.
Dec 16, 2011 6:32 PM CST