By Jonathon Van Maren
On October 1, celebrity model Chrissy Teigen posted a heartbreaking photograph to Instagram. In the photo, she is sitting on the edge of a hospital bed, wrapped in a blanket, her face seized with grief. Her caption explained that she and her husband John Legend had lost their pre-born son, whom they named Jack. “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”
She and her husband, she wrote, were mourning their son: “Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever. To our Jack — I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.” Another heartbreaking photo shows Teigen and Legend cradling their deceased son.
The internet response was, for once, free of the ugliness that generally characterizes social media. But for many pro-lifers, it was impossible not to notice that the very same people currently campaigning for the right to end the lives of pre-born children the same age as little Jack suddenly forgot that according to their ideology, Jack was not a person. Jack’s life ended at twenty weeks gestation at a time when Democrats from New York to New Jersey are expanding abortion rights to allow people to abort children the same age as Jack was when he passed.