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Jill Dillard honors her deceased sister's birthday with controversial photos

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Jill Duggar was supposed to have another sister and today would have been her birthday

Jill Dillard's birthday message to her youngest sister isn't going over too well with some of her followers.

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Then again, maybe that's because her youngest sister was miscarried at 18 weeks, and Dillard's post included controversial photos the Duggar family took after her death.

Jubilee Shalom Duggar was miscarried five years ago. Michelle Duggar learned the baby had no heartbeat in early December and delivered her stillborn on Dec. 11, which is apparently what the family considers to be her birthday, because it's the day Dillard posted her message.

"5 years ago today my mom gave birth to my youngest little sister, Jubilee Shalom Duggar and Jesus welcomed her home to Heaven!" Dillard wrote alongside pictures of her sister's corpse. "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!"

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The photos were first released years ago, soon after Jubilee's death. They caused a ton of controversy at the time, as people wondered why the family would take photos of their deceased child and then release them online. The Duggars were accused of using the miscarriage for publicity.

"From what I know of parents who have lost children, it’s horrific. It’s not something you want pictures of. There are people who will argue with me and say it’s a way of coming to terms with the death," social psychologist Susan Newman said at the time. "But given the Duggars’ history, their television show and the way they exploit their children, I just find this a cog in the same wheel. I find it rather distasteful."

This time, though, Dillard is finding some allies on Instagram. In the photos' comments, some of her followers came to her defense, writing that the pictures are beautiful.

"So beautiful and sad. Thankful for your family who celebrates her life," one commenter wrote.

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Jill Duggar was supposed to have another sister and today would have been her birthday
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