In a sweet Instagram post on December 11, Jill Duggar Dillard, member of the famous Duggar family of TV’s “19 Kids and Counting,” remembered her stillborn baby sister. Jubilee Duggar died three days before her mother Michelle gave birth to her on December 11, 2011.
5 years ago today my mom gave birth to my youngest little sister, Jubilee Shalom Duggar and Jesus welcomed her home to Heaven! She is a testimony to every life being beautiful; at 18 weeks gestation, she was a beautiful baby with little blue eyes, 10 fingers & 10 toes! She weighed 4 oz. and was 6 inches long. We miss you Jubilee and look forward to meeting you one day in Heaven! @duggarfam #jubileeshalom #job121
While some pro-choicers reacted with criticism, Dillard’s post touched the hearts of many parents who had lost their own babies during pregnancy.
- I’ve personally lost my son at 36 weeks pregnant and I think this is the most beautiful tribute. –plussizewifey2011
- What a wonderful tribute! My grandson passed at 20 weeks gestation. His 6th birthday was Nov 27. Not a day goes by that I am not thinking of him. My heart and prayers to you and your family. — shashalola09
- I lost a baby in 2011. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about my little baby. These are beautiful pictures. My heart goes out to you and your family ?? — emtabby
Dillard’s post includes photos of her baby sister, which help to prove the humanity and value of those living inside the womb. Science and modern medicine can now showcase the fact that life truly does begin at the moment of fertilization. By 18 weeks gestation, a preborn child can yawn and make facial expressions. Taste buds are beginning to develop and the baby can swallow and hiccup. Amazingly, an 18-week-old baby’s retinas are now sensitive to light and if a bright light shines on a mother’s belly, the baby will move to cover her eyes.
In 2013, 7.1% of all abortions in the United States occurred between 14-20 weeks gestation. Babies the same age as Jubilee can be killed by surgical abortion for any reason throughout the U.S. Abortionists use a Sopher clamp to tear the preborn child apart limb by limb and then crush the skull before removing the pieces of the baby’s head.
Each of these children is a living human being, who deserves to be loved and valued rather than ripped apart and thrown in a medical waste bin. Jubilee’s pictures and story show that all life matters, whether inside the womb or out. In sharing her love for her sister with the world, Dillard is helping us all to see the value of life at every age.