Michelle Duggar, from the TLC reality show "19 kids and counting", had a miscarriage. According to a message on the Duggars' website, the family found out that their 20th baby passed away during a routine ultrasound 19 weeks into the pregnancy. Miscarriage is a horrible, painful experience, especially this late into a pregnancy.
On top of her loss, Michelle also has to deal with nasty comments about the number of children she has, all over the web and beyond. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar already has a miscarriage once before, which was according to the couple one of the experiences that pushed them toward being open to having so many children.
The family, described as "Quiver Full", does not believe in using birth control and actually actively tried to have many children. Michelle's last baby, Josie, was born prematurely something that caused a lot of people to make hurtful comments about the number of children the family had.
Last month, the Duggars publicly announced that they were expecting number 20 (See: Duggars expecting their 20th baby). The family website even featured a new book called "20 and counting". The message on the Duggars' website says: "We discovered during a routine 19-week ultrasound that our 20th child, who was due in April 2012, passed away recently. As our whole family is grieving, we also know that God promises to work all things for good in our lives. We rest in knowing, that even though our child has departed this life that we will one day see each other again in heaven. Our prayer is that baby Duggar s passing will help us all realize that this life is short, and our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing. He gives us a peace in our hearts as He guides us through whatever we might face."
The sad news has quickly spread around the internet, with numerous people commenting on facebook and on blogs that the Duggars should not have any more babies, and that Michelle's miscarriage should give them the message to quit adding to their large family now. A second trimester miscarriage is not something you'd wish on anyone, really our thoughts go out to the whole family.