The Duggar family has sparked controversy yet again, this time regarding their conservative beliefs. After sharing an update on Joy-Anna Duggar’s pregnancy, commenters began slamming the Counting On stars for their choice of words.
“Joy and Austin will soon be parents! Anybody have a guess when baby will be here?” the Duggar Family Official’s Facebook page posted on Tuesday. “When it comes to arrival, these babies make up their own minds!”
Almost immediately, people began commenting on the snap of pregnant Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth, with one fan noting that the wording of the Facebook post made it seem as though the Duggars don’t already view the couple as parents. “They are already parents!” the critic remarked. “They’ve been parents since conception because that’s when life begins! (Just like to point that out, because life-affirming language is super important – and I know your family agrees on the sanctity of life!) God bless!”
Other eagle-eyed megafans pointed out that this wasn’t the first time the reality star family’s word choice has been met with backlash. According to The Hollywood Gossip, Michelle Duggar referred to her stillborn daughter, Jubilee Duggar, as her 20th child. However, the former 19 Kids and Counting star suffered a miscarriage years before she had Josh.
“Michelle had a miscarriage (Caleb) after she had Josh,” someone wrote. “If life starts at conception then why did they constantly say they are parents of 19? Doesn’t Caleb count? And then when she miscarried Jubilee they called her then 20th child once again forgetting about Caleb.” Hmm, we’re sure they didn’t mean any harm with their post!
Counting On returns Monday, Feb. 26 on TLC.
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