Chrissy Teigen Now Calls Her Miscarriage an Abortion, But Her Baby Died Prematurely

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 16, 2022   |   10:22AM   |   Washington, DC

Americans mourned with celebrity model Chrissy Teigen and her singer husband, John Legend, when they lost their unborn son to a second-trimester miscarriage in 2020.

On Thursday, however, Teigen said she now believes what she had was an abortion after suffering life-threatening pregnancy complications, BBC News reports. Yet, according to the details she shared, it appears doctors did not purposefully kill her unborn son; he died because he was too premature to survive.

“Let’s just call it what it was. It was an abortion. An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance,” she told attendees at the A Day of Unreasonable Conversation summit. “And to be honest, I never, ever put that together until” after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

In 2020, Teigen and Legend shared the tragic news of the loss of their third child, Jack, to miscarriage at 20 weeks of pregnancy. To honor their son’s life, they brought a photographer to the hospital to capture their short time together as a family and later posted the photos online, displaying to the world the value of their unborn son.

Later, Teigen explained that she had been diagnosed with partial placental abruption, a rare, life-threatening condition in which the placenta separates from the uterine wall. At 20 weeks of pregnancy, she said doctors had to induce labor and their son Jack was born too prematurely to survive.

“It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn’t either without any medical intervention,” she said, according to the BBC.

The experience was “difficult and heartbreaking,” and, until recently, Teigen said she described it as a miscarriage. Now, she said she believes she had an “abortion” and it saved her life even though an abortion procedure meant to end the life of an unborn child is nothing like what happened in her circumstance.

Here’s more from the Hollywood Reporter:

Teigen said she came to the realization after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this summer. She expressed to Legend that she felt sympathy toward people who have 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.

“I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn’t made sense of it that way,” Teigen shared. “I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage. And I became really frustrated that I didn’t, in the first place, say what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to actually understand that we had had an abortion.”

Based on the details of Teigen’s story, however, hers was one of the very rare situations where an induction was necessary to save her life, and the intention was not to destroy a life but to save one. From what Teigen shared publicly, it appears doctors did not kill her unborn son either; they induced labor to save her life, and her son was too young to survive.

One pro-life doctor confirmed that the procedure is not an abortion.

“She’s said before that she got an epidural & induced. I’m just saying that if she was hemorrhaging enough from a placental abruption to need blood transfusions, they would have done a D&E to save the life of the mother quickly. Pro-lifers support this. I don’t call this abortion,” Dr. Poppy Daniels said on twitter.

Although technically medical terminology may refer to it as an abortion (miscarriages are referred to as “spontaneous abortions” in medicine, too), the procedure that Teigen underwent is not prohibited by pro-life laws that ban abortions, and pro-life advocates and doctors support such treatments.

State laws that ban abortions protect pregnant mothers’ lives in heart-wrenching situations like Teigen’s.

“In these cases, the purpose of delivery is not to kill the fetus, as in elective abortion, but to save the life of the mother and the life of the fetus, or to save the life of at least one of them,” explained Dr. Ingrid Skop, an OB-GYN and senior fellow at Charlotte Lozier Institute, in a recent article at LifeNews.

Skop said pro-life laws protect unborn babies from direct, unnecessary violence, and they “distinguish in their definitions between the acts of induced abortion which are restricted, and life-saving medical care of women, which is not.”

She continued:

Furthermore, an induced abortion should not be confused with a medical indication for separating a mother from her unborn child. The two differ greatly, on both the goals and procedures.

In an induced abortion, “the intention is that the fetus should not survive, and the process of abortion should achieve this.”[5] On the other hand, separation of the mother and fetus is “medically indicated” when there is some condition of the mother or the fetus which requires separation of the two in order to protect the life of one or the other (or both).[6]

However, abortion activists have attempted to blur these details to make it seem that pro-lifers do not care about women’s lives. Perhaps that is why Teigen now believes her miscarriage was an abortion.

But, unlike abortion activists, Teigen and her family recognized their son’s value. They did not want him to die and mourned his death even though he never lived outside the womb.

Abortion activists do not value babies in the womb. They support laws allowing them to be killed for any reason up to birth, and hundreds of thousands of unborn babies are aborted every year for purely elective reasons. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, approximately 96 percent of abortions in the U.S. are for elective reasons – not because of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life or health.