Many fans know that Chrissy Teigen and her husband, ‘Voice’ coach, John Legend, lost their son Jack in 2020 after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Teigen posted on Instagram on September 30, 2020: “We have never been 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.” Fans were extremely sympathetic at the time.
The tone of social media reaction has changed dramatically since Teigen spoke at the “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” summit on Thursday, September 15 in Beverly Hills, revealing: “I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed that we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage and I got really frustrated that I didn’t say what it was in the first place, and felt stupid that it had taken me over a year to really understand that we had an abortion,” said The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the organization’s website, A Day of Unreasonable Conversation is “an annual gathering that brings television content creators – those responsible for scripting the world – together with frontline activists, thinkers and changemakers to better understand and respond to the biggest challenges. and opportunities the world faces every year…it is a Propper Daley program produced in conjunction with Invisible Hand.
During her talk, called “We Made That Choice,” Teigen explained: “Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John and my third child, I had to make many difficult and heartbreaking decisions. Halfway through it became very clear that he wouldn’t survive, and neither will I without medical intervention,” the Hollywood Reporter said.
Us Weekly called the loss a “life-saving abortion” as Teigen clarified at the top: “[It was] an abortion to save my life for a baby who had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never put that together, until a few months ago actually… Let’s just call it what it was: it was an abortion.’
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Teigen said she came to the realization after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this summer. She told Legend that she felt sympathy for people who have had an abortion and the circumstances they had to go through and the emotional decision ‘they’ had to make, when Legend made her realize that she was, in fact, one of those people.”
Teigen, who is currently pregnant, anticipated the reaction she would get on social media. On Friday, September 16, she has posted on Twitter a screenshot of some of the snide comments she’s received, along with the caption: “I knew this was going to happen, and honestly I’ve seen you do your worst, so if this makes you feel better, great. I feel it doesn’t make me any worse, though.”
Some of the comments directed against Teigen were scathing. One person wrote: “Pray for poor Jack. Terrible that you took his life.” Another wrote: “You may fool the world, but God knows your heart.” Another person commented: “Why did you lie and say you had a miscarriage ? How insensitive to women who have actually miscarried. You were aborted. They’re not the same.” Several posters accused Teigen of just staying relevant.
Not everyone was critical. Some fans supported Teigen with comments such as “Abortion care is the same as miscarriage care in many cases and it sounds like she didn’t realize that and now acknowledges that the care that saved her life may be denied to women in other states and speaks up. That’s positive.”
Another commenter wrote: “It’s so…idk sad? going back and forth on “was it an abortion or a miscarriage?” I like that both words really encompass the totality of what happens in a situation like this.”
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