Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Selena Gomez Shares Name of Unborn Sister

I would just like to say that I have zero interest in Selena Gomez. But I think the headline is culturally significant.

Selena Gomez has shared something very private and rather heart wrenching with her fans--the name of the unborn sister her mom miscarried before Christmas. The little girl's name was to have been Scarlett.


Some people wonder why families name miscarried babies. It used to be that unless a child was actually stillborn at or near full term that he or she wasn't usually named or memorialized with a funeral-type service. Nowadays it's far more common to hear that families have named their unborn children, and some, like the Duggar family of 19 Kids & Counting, even hold huge memorial services for their lost babies. The Duggar family even shared photos of the miscarried fetus they named Jubilee Shalom Duggar.

I would like to suggest that with the advent of widespread ultrasound, the humanity of the unborn child has been made more obvious to our culture.