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 bagless blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.” The fans at the time were extremely sympathetic.
The tone of social media commentary has changed drastically since Teigen spoke at the A Day of Unreasonable Conversation Summit in Beverly Hills on Thursday, September 15, revealing, “I told the world we wanted a miscarried, the world agreed we miscarried, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage. And I was really frustrated that I hadn’t said what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to really understand that we had an abortion,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the organization’s website, A Day of Unreasonable Conversation is “an annual gathering that brings together television content creators — those responsible for writing the script for the world — with frontline activists, thinkers and change-makers around the biggest challenges to better understand and represent and opportunities that the world faces each year…it is a program by Propper Daley produced in association with Invisible Hand.”
During her talk, titled “We Made That Choice,” Teigen explained, “Two years ago, while I was pregnant with Jack, John, and my third child, I had to make many difficult and heartbreaking decisions. About halfway through it was clear he wasn’t going to survive, and neither would I without medical intervention,” the Hollywood Reporter explained.
Us Weekly called the loss a “life-saving abortion” because at the summit, Teigen clarified: “[It was] an abortion to save my life for a baby who had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never put this together until a few months ago… Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Teignen said she came to this conclusion after the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade had picked up. She expressed to Legend that she felt sympathy for people who have had abortions and the circumstances they had to go through and the emotional choice “they” had to make when Legend made it clear to her that they indeed did was one of those people.”
Teigen, who is currently pregnant, anticipated the backlash she would receive on social media. On Friday, September 16, they posted on Twitter a screenshot of some of the hateful comments she received along with the caption: “I knew this was going to happen and honestly I’ve already seen you do your worst. If it makes you feel better, great. But it doesn’t make me feel any worse.”
Some of the comments addressed to Teigen were scathing. One person wrote: “Praying 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 miscarried? How insensitive to women who actually HAD a miscarriage. you canceled They’re not the same.” Several posters accused Teigen of just trying to stay relevant.
Not all were critical. Some fans supported Teigen with comments such as, “Abortion care is in many cases the same as miscarriage care and it sounds like she didn’t realize that and now realizes that the care that saved her life is denied to women in other states could and speaks high. That’s a positive thing.”
Another commenter wrote: “It’s so…idk sad? going back and forth about “was it an abortion or a miscarriage?” I like that each word really encompasses the whole of what’s happening in a situation like this.”
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