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The Duggars didn't quietly wander into the mainstream of America, it was a stampede as their family was profiled on a TLC reality show. Their family, as you may or may not know, stands now with 19 children.
The arrival of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's new daughter Josie, who was born 15 weeks premature at 2 pounds 4 ounces, brought a surprising and arrogant magazine headline from People magazine: "How Many Kids Are Too Many?"
In the article, Michelle confesses her desire to possible have another, leaving God in charge of their destiny.
"When I say we would love more children, we open ourselves up for
attack," says Michelle, 43. But, she adds, people shouldn’t be so quick
to judge. "Only one person can live the life that I live, and that is
me," she says. (People magazine1)
After citing the health risks for women over forty, People decided to quote an "expert": "I think that’s too many kids," says Dr. Douglas Downey, a general surgeon based in Florida, in People. "From a family resource perspective, there is no way you can give the
emotional and financial resources you would need to support that many
It's amazing how the normalcy of people's lives is inconceivable for so many. These same individuals race to judgment and criticisms leading them to conclude that they know what's best for these folks and their children.
People Magazine should be ashamed for blatantly seeking out this perspective and trying to give it credibility under the guise of a physician's diagnosis.
God Bless the Duggars and I hope the Lord comforts and guides them beyond the scope of this television show. Lord knows they may need it.
1. Confirmed transcript of the article in People magazine
2. CNN: Duggar boys help save little girl's life