(From Mad World News) The Duggar family is known for their conservative, faith-based upbringing, and they’re not afraid to voice their quiet yet passionate beliefs. However, when they wished to express their support on a particularly controversial issue, TLC was quick to censor it.
The family from the reality television show 19 Kids and Counting decided to show the world where they stand on abortion by donning pro-life T-shirts carrying the slogan “I survived Roe vs. Wade, Roe vs. Wade will not survive me.”
The shirts refer to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling that abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy is legal.
Bryan Kemper, a youth pastor who designed the shirts, was disappointed in TLC’s decision to blur what should be an expression of our First Amendment rights, Christian Todayreports.
“I was shocked,” Kemper wrote on LifeNews.com. “Knowing how dedicated to the pro-life cause the Duggars are, I expected to see the shirts many times on their show.”
“It really amazes me that TLC would censor this; it’s not like people don’t know the Duggar’s beliefs.Knowing that the shirt appeared in the previous episode without being blurred, I am wondering if they received complaints or negative feedback after it aired.
It’s obvious that the Duggars preach Christian-conservative values, but it appears that TLC viewed the stand to oppose abortion as being too offensive.
It’s probable that TLC took no issue with the shirts’ meaning, but made the call in an attempt to not offend their more liberal viewers. However, the move to blur may be considered even more offensive than if they had left the slogan uncensored.
Instead, pro-life supporters are now upset with the network.
Although many will disagree with the Duggars’ position on abortion, their belief doesn’t come as a shock. Anyone who is familiar with the family knows this comes with the territory.
Recently, Jessa Duggar wrote on Instagram about this very issue while visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.:
“The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin [making you darker or lighter skinned], or any other factor.
“One human destroying the life of another deemed ‘less than human’. Racism, stemming from the evolutionary idea that man came from something less than human; that some people groups are ‘more evolved’ and others ‘less evolved’.
“A denying that our Creator – GOD – made us human from the beginning, all of ONE BLOOD and ONE RACE, descendants of Adam. The belief that some human beings are ‘not fit to live’. So they’re murdered. Slaughtered. Kids with Down syndrome or other disabilities. The sickly. The elderly.
“May we never sit idly by and allow such an atrocity to happen again. Not this generation. We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. #ProLife.”