Anna and Josh Duggar use ultrasound pics to start abortion debate (PHOTOS)

Mar 5, 2015 at 8:23 p.m. ET
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Josh and Anna Duggar used their unborn baby's ultrasound pictures to promote their pro-life stance online.

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The couple revealed their fourth child was going to be a girl on Instagram, but that news was quickly overshadowed by a heated abortion debate that followed when the expectant parents posted a controversial PSA.


"Every day in America, thousands of little girls just like ours suffer pain from abortion," Anna Duggar starts by saying, holding a strip of ultrasound images of their unborn child.

"Help save babies' lives," Josh Duggar chimes in, encouraging people to contact their local member of Congress to encourage them to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Their comments immediately spurred an online debate.

"You are completely clueless," one commenter said on Instagram. "Majority of abortions are done in the first trimester. Scientific studies have shown the fetus does not feel pain whatsoever until past the 20th week. If everyone popped out 20 kids by age 30 like the people in your cult do then abortions would be mandatory due to overpopulation. Way to contribute to the problem!"

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Another added, "There are many reasons people have abortions. Rape, incest, unexpected pregnancy, major complications that would harm the mother and the child more than an abortion would, etc. I support pro-choice because no one can tell a woman what she can and cannot do to her own body."

Others had even harsher sentiments, "Please if these people figure out a way to get rid of abortions (it'll never happen) Anna will start posting pictures of sperm with the caption 'no sperm should ever be turned away' lolol. They're against contraception too..."

According to the company's website, the act, if passed, would provide legislation "essential to stopping late abortions. It would also help stop so-called doctors, like the now-imprisoned Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who are willing to allow babies be born alive to more easily kill them if the abortion doesn't work."


The bill would enact legislation that would ban abortions after the 20-week mark, when fetuses reportedly develop the ability to feel pain.

Josh Duggar, who is the oldest child of the 19 Kids and Counting reality show family, works as an executive director of FRC Action, the legislative arm of the Family Research Council, which E! Online described as a "Christian public policy ministry and pro-life group."

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Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, is fighting to see the proposed bill defeated.

"Access to reproductive health care has completely changed life for women in America," Planned Parenthood Action Fund president, Cecile Richards, said, according to the Huffington Post. "Politicians who are trying to erase women's progress are on the wrong side of history."

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