Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced Tuesday that they are expecting a baby, growing their clan to 20 children and two, very fertile, parents.
The reality TV stars have eschewed birth control since their unplanned second pregnancy ended in a miscarriage — a tragedy that they believe could have been caused by the birth control pill Michelle was taking at the time.
But what lies beneath the Duggars’ fecundity? It’s one thing to be skeptical of hormonal methods of contraception; it’s another to open your lives to 20 children. What do the Duggars believe about pregnancy prevention?
Here’s what Michelle Duggar, now 45, said about their beliefs on birth control during the couple’s interview with Sally Quinn in 2009:
“As we’ve read the Bible, we believe God says that children are gift and a blessing and a reward from him. And after the painful experience that we walked through in our marriage, losing the baby that we lost to the miscarriage, it broke our hearts. I think at that point was when we gave this area of our life to God and asked him to forgive us and to give us a love for children like he loves children. And from there, just receiving those gifts that God wants to give us, and so that’s our heart in it. ”
The Duggars, who live debt free in Arkansas, are both from Baptist backgrounds but are not currently affiliated with any denomination and hold Christian worship services in their home.
During their announcement on the “Today” show, host Ann Curry asked whether the Duggars had plans for any more. Michelle responded:
“We’ll wait and see. We would love however many the Lord sees fit to give us.”