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Michelle Duggar From "19 Kids and Counting" Thoughts on Birth Control

Updated on September 18, 2014

Michelle Duggar From "19 Kids and Counting" Thoughts on Birth Control.

The Learning Channel hit a rating gold mine when they decided to produce "19 Kids and Counting." They are the leading show on Tuesday nights. By watching the part-reality part-documentary show, we can see how the Duggars live day-to-day.

Jim Bob And Michelle Duggar, both 48, are Fundamental Baptists. Many people assume that the Duggars are devoted Quiver-fulls, but this is simply not true (thought one could see the confusion). Quiver-full members believe that it is a sin to have sex and somehow prevent contraception. It goes against the whole "go forth and multiply."

Michelle explained in her book that she and Jim Bob jointly decided that they would allow God to determine how many children she and Jim Bob would have. She discourages people to use birth control pills and IUDs. She disagrees with both of these forms of birth control because it prevents a fertilized egg from Implanting to the lining of the uterus. She considers a fertilized egg (who is even hours old) a full blown child. Between her first and second pregnancy, she became pregnant and not knowingly continued taking birth controls pills and she subsequently experienced a miscarriage.

Michelle Duggar is not against other types of birth control, such as family planning and condoms if there is a valid reason for them not to get pregnant. Remember, the only people she believes can have sex and not sin are a married Christian couple which is comprised of one man and one woman. Some of the valid reasons for using contraception include health or financial problems.

Another reason Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are not a member of the Quiverfull movement is because she restricts sexual intimacy nearly half a month. Michelle and Jim Bob skip all sexual contact when she is either on her period, and for seven days following it.

Additionally, the Duggar clan follow the Old Testament's rules on sex and birth. The Duggars do not have sex for 40-days following the birth of a boy. They wait for 80-days following the birth of a baby girl. Michelle has stated in her book that even though she nurses, she usually gets pregnant on the 8th- or 9th months.

If Michelle wanted as many children as possible under the Quiverfull movement, she would have sex as soon as recommended from her doctor, which is usually 4-6 weeks if the birth were vaginal. Michelle would also forgo breastfeeding since she could pregnant eight or nine months sooner. She could have easily had 25-30 kids.

I think it should be noted that most OB/GYNs will tell you, over 50% of the time, a woman has a miscarriage early, early in the pseudopregnancy. Sometimes a fertilized egg doesn't attach to the lining of the uterus, and it gets washed away with the menstrual cycle. As of right now, Michelle Duggar has two kids in heaven, Caleb, and Jubilee. One thing I wonder is if a fertilized egg is truly an individual with a soul, even if it never had a heart beat, and is only fertilized for mere minutes or hours; Michelle and Jim Bob most likely has ten plus kids waiting for them in heaven. I think most women would fall into this category, including me.

L Leviticus Chapter 12:

12 The Lord said to Moses, 2 "Say to the Israelites: 'A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. 3 On the eighth day, the boy is to be circumcised. 4 Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. 5 If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.

6 "'When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering.[a] 7 He shall offer them before the Lord to make atonement for her, and then she will be ceremonially clean from her flow of blood.

"'These are the regulations for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl. 8 But if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way, the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.'"


Bible, Leviticus 12:12


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    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC


    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Ms. Dora!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      She is uber fertile, and her daughter conceived on the10th day of marriage. Here come all the Duggars, I mean Dillard's.

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      That's a great way at looking at it. Thanks!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      They are worth watching, you can watch them on Youtube. It is so interesting just to watch. Thanks!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Me either. Thanks for reading!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      That's for sure, and I only have one. I wanted tons of kids, but after I was injured in Iraq, one was all she wrote. That may have been for the best, the 8-year old I have is such a wonderful but sometimes difficult child to handle. But I love her to pieces, she's the prettiest and smartest little girl, and I am so blessed to have one. Thank!

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Amen, I only have one and she's a handful

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      It's amazing that the Duggars could handle so many children.

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      Tricia Deed 

      4 years ago

      Nineteen children is not for me, for them, it sounds great.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      They Druggars are to be admired for their faith and following the commandments. I have not seen the show but it sounds like they live what they believe. That's a good thing.

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      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Although I could never have that many children..I always say it's just more love to go around..I have great admiration for that family.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      The first time I saw the Duggar show, I thought it was a very organized and good family. But now they have so many children and you wonder if all that organization takes the place of parenting, somehow. I can barely love my three dogs with equal attention. 19 kids? Seems impossible. Well, what is daunting to some is doable to others. But one thing I can say of her, she is UBER FERTILE.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      The Duggars are exceptional and interesting--following those Old Testament laws and all. Thanks for sharing

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      Shandria Ball 

      4 years ago from Anniston

      i love this program .thanks for writing!

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      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      I don't know why but I find these articles very interesting!


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