Michelle Obama Says She Had a Miscarriage and Used IVF to Conceive Her Daughters

Bioethics   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 9, 2018   |   12:18PM   |   Washington, DC

Michelle Obama revealed Friday that she suffered a miscarriage and underwent infertility treatments to conceive her daughters.

Speaking ahead of the release of her memoir “Becoming,” the former first lady said she felt “lost and alone” after miscarrying a baby 20 years ago, the AP reports.

“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

Obama said she believes women should talk more about how their bodies work and how often they suffer from miscarriages and infertility.

“So that’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen and the biological clock is real,” she said, Business Insider reports. “I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women: not share the truth about our bodies and how they work and how they don’t work.”

At age 34, Michelle Obama said she and her husband, Barack, conceived her oldest daughter, Malia, through in vitro fertilization, a controversial infertility procedure in which human embryos are created outside the womb and then implanted. Then, they went through it again with their second daughter, Sasha. The girls now are 17 and 20.

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Many women will sympathize with the Obamas in their struggles. Miscarriages and infertility are deeply painful. But the former first lady’s revelations also are a bit puzzling, given her husband’s radical abortion advocacy in the White House.

Barack Obama earned a reputation as the most pro-abortion president in United States history. Yet, it’s clear from the new details of their lives that he and his wife knew babies in the womb are valuable. Otherwise, why would they mourn a miscarriage? A miscarriage is the natural, unintentional death of a baby in the womb. An abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn baby. Both are tragedies.

The Obama family deserves our sympathies for the loss of their unborn child to miscarriage, but so does every other unborn baby’s death. Whether natural or intentional, every unborn baby’s death is a death to be mourned because every unborn baby’s life is valuable.