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Reality Show Family Steals Spotlight Again With Campaign to End “Baby Holocaust”

Reality Show Family Steals Spotlight Again With Campaign to End “Baby Holocaust”

With 19 kids (so far), it’s not surprising that the Duggars — stars of TLC’s reality program “19 Kids and Counting” and avid pushers of “traditional family values” — are notoriously anti-choice. Adamantly shunning birth control, which matriarch Michelle claims was responsible for a miscarriage early in her marriage, the Duggars have made procreating a profitable business, spawning not just their television show but book deals and endorsements as well.

However, politics is quickly becoming their favorite path into public spotlight, and the battle that they are waging against abortion access is growing almost as fast as the Duggar clan itself. What looked at first like a sidetrack off the beaten path of candidate support, pushing anti-abortion policy seems to have become their favorite pastime.

Hitting the road for political action is old news for the Duggars. Patriarch Jim Bob was once a legislator, and the whole family came out in support of Rick Santorum during the 2012 presidential election (though they later settled for Mitt Romney).

Advocating policy is a newer route. Many of the Duggars were in Ohio for a press conference to announce that a ban on abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, around 3 to 4 weeks post conception, was going to be reintroduced at the state house. Now it turns out that was just the first of their abortion ban advocacy projects.

The family recently announced it will be going to Tennessee to advocate in favor of Amendment 1, a ballot initiative that will expand the state’s ability to enact abortion restrictions, claiming that currently the state constitution upholds broader abortion rights than the federal constitution. If Amendment 1 passes, the state legislature could introduce more new abortion restrictions, including a 48 hour waiting period they have been interested in pursuing.

To the Duggars, Tennessee’s lack of abortion restrictions are apparently akin to Nazi concentration camps. “Tennessee does not even require parental consent, counseling beforehand, having a waiting period to think about it, or have minimal clinical standards,” said Michelle Duggar in a statement to Charisma News. “Veterinarian clinics for animals in Tennessee have higher standards in health and safety laws than there are for the abortion clinics involving human life. We must join together and end the baby holocaust that is taking place right here in Tennessee.”

But the “baby holocaust” in Tennessee can hold for a bit, since there are far more pressing concerns in Virginia. There, with just a few more weeks before the gubernatorial election, television’s biggest family will be joining the Family Research Council Action’s bus tour to stump for Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

“We are excited to travel across Virginia and express our enthusiastic support for Ken Cuccinelli for governor and E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor,” said Josh Duggar, the eldest Duggar child, who was hired on as executive director of FRC Action last June. “Both of these men are deeply concerned about the issues impacting the family and our broader culture. FRC Action and the Duggar Family are honored to join grassroots activists and voters across Virginia as we promote the message that this election is vitally important in protecting and defending our rights and freedoms. Virginians have an opportunity to send a message at the ballot box that will be heard across the entire country.”

Considering Cuccinelli also crusades against abortion and birth control access, the entourage of Duggars on the campaign trail makes perfect sense.

So is this the beginning of a new era of Duggar politicking? Will GOP candidates increasingly vie for their blessing and urge them to make public appearances? Will we see them next at “personhood” rallies or press events for other abortion bans in other red states?

Maybe, but probably only between seasons. After all, they still have a television show to film.

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4:27AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Kamia T. No, there aren't "Billions" that agree with them, your beliefs, which are only a subset of the group you are referring to, doesn't even have a billion members. More importantly, most realize that a child's job is to be a child, not to be forced to raise their brothers and sisters, chores are fine, placing them in a position to be "responsible" for another when they themselves aren't actually of legal age to be responsible for themselves isn't a good thing, it's child abuse.

8:32AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

These people are totally irresponisble and selfish. Seems they want the earth's entire resources just to themselves.

With out of control human popultaion growth being one (if not THE) world's biggest problems, such excessive over-breeding is disgusting. This family need to have forced sterilisation, before they have any more "rabbits".

10:01AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Kamia - That is precisely the problem...BILLIONS, that's a BIG number, may agree with the Duggars. First, they are reckless to agree in an overpopulated world and second, there ARE billions struggling to survive. There are billions of humans on a world that can't support them all. These people deserve vitriol for their stupidity and selfishness. Their egos are only matched by their promiscuity.

11:17PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Sorry but this family disgusts me.

5:31PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Kamia,
The problem is not the choices the Duggars (or anyone) make in their own lives, but their active attempts to RESTRICT reproductive rights of other people.

4:01PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Humm? Live and let live! Politicians and Religious wackos need to mind their own business!

3:22PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Would they be so enthusiastic if they had to support their off spring by the sweat of their own brows?

3:14PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

It's interesting to me that this topic, more than almost any other on Care2, produces such vitriol. Last time I heard, the reason so many of us wanted to keep living in the U.S. is that everyone got to have their own opinion, and if one didn't agree with it, then you had to be able to carry your side of the debate with logic, facts, documentation, etc.

There are actually billions of people throughout the world who agree with Duggars, and there are hundred of thousands of people just here in the U.S. who do. I only had two kids, plus several step kids, but that doesn't mean that I want to disparage the person who has more than that and does take care of them.

And as for kids have responsibility for other kids, good for them! That way they don't feel as if the entire world thinks what they want is all that's important. My son looked after my daughter from time to time when old enough, and he became a responsible, working and compassionate young man who can take care of a family, instead of a partying mandolescent.

It's only been in the last 100 years or so that we have thought kids shouldn't have any responsibilities. Whole cultures now, and many throughout history, felt it was good for children to learn to work early -- rather than growing up expecting that everything would be fun, fun, fun.

I wouldn't want the life the Duggars have created, but let's face it, if any of us could make money and get on TV showcasing our choices - we'd jump at it. So why castiga

12:58PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

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7:39AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

The Duggars and the other anti-choicers have it all wrong. It is NOT heartbeat that constitutes life-it is CONSCIOUS BRAIN FUNCTION! The heartbeat is an automatic function controlled by the cerebellum, just like breathing or blinking or even reflexes. Conscious brain function, which is the true measure of life, includes full sensory capacity, and is controlled by the cerebrum, does NOT come "on-line" until the THIRD trimester, well past the viability threshold. Furthermore, a zygote/embryo/fetus cannot breathe for itself, think for itself, vote or anything that marks it as a separate entity, so it is NOT a person. The woman whose body it is invading, however, IS a person and therefore HER rights trump any perceived "rights" that the anti-choicers want to foist upon it and therefore relegate the woman who's carrying the unwanted or doomed pregnancy to being little more than a brood mare.

Banning birth control only contributes to the problem of unwanted pregnancy and unwanted children. Women using birth control are able to plan and better space their children to the number they WANT and can AFFORD, which benefits not just herself and her family, but ultimately SOCIETY as well.

People like the Duggars can't connect the dots that way and ultimately want to turn society on its ear. They should be ignored, not publicized!

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