Monday February 8, 2010

Irony: 19-Child Duggar Family Renting Former Home of Local Planned Parenthood Leader

By Kathleen Gilbert

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, February 8, 2010 ( – Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the reality TV parents who recently grabbed headlines following the birth of their nineteenth child, are now renting a house once owned by the eugenicist founder of Planned Parenthood in Little Rock, Ark., reports the Examiner.

“It’s comical that the house we’re renting was actually owned by a lady who started Planned Parenthood in Little Rock. There’s even a plaque outside in the front yard,” Jim Bob told the news service in a telephone interview.

He said that most of the kids, aside from Josh and John Duggar, live together at the house.

The Duggars are the stars of the reality television show “19 Kids and Counting” – formerly “18 Kids and Counting” and “17 Kids and Counting” – that follows the everyday life of the conservative Baptist family.

The family moved to the Little Rock house to be closer to the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, where Josie, their daughter born at 25 weeks’ gestation December 10, continues to be monitored.

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek pegged the Planned Parenthood leader as Brunhilde Kahlert Cornish, the leading advocate of birth control and eugenics in Arkansas at the turn of the century. A friend of Planned Parenthood founder and eugenicist Margaret Sanger, Cornish founded of the Arkansas Eugenics Association, which changed its name to the Planned Parenthood Association of Arkansas in 1942.

See related coverage:

Duggar’s 19th Child Born Prematurely

Family Attacked for Too Many Children: “Thrilled” to be Preparing for Baby Number 19