Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s openness to life is receiving much criticism from the secular world. The Duggars and their family star in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” Their 19th child (baby Josie) was born by emergency C-Section after Michelle developed pre-eclampsia. Their openness — despite criticism and pressure from many — is a refreshing change from the anti-life, anti-child attitude so prevalent in our world today.
The fact is…they’re living debt free and they can afford (and want) their children.
“Before we had a heart change about children, I thought it was very strange for people to have more than 3,” Jim Bob said. “We don’t expect people to understand.”
This change of heart came early in Michelle and Jim Bob’s marriage.
Michelle was taking the birth control pill, but got pregnant despite it. Yet after she miscarried between her second and third month, the Duggars’ doctor told them that the miscarriage had probably occurred because she had conceived while still on the pill.
The pro-life Duggars ceased taking the pill, studied the Bible, and decided that God considered children to be gift to be embraced rather than a burden to be avoided.
“People think we are overpopulating the world,” said Jim Bob. “We are following our convictions.”
The Duggars live debt-free in Tontitown, Arkansas, in a home that they built for themselves.
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