Chrissy Teigen Reveals She and John Legend Chose a Girl Embryo During IVF

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Model Chrissy Teigen announced Wednesday that not only are she and husband John Legend expecting a baby girl, but that they’ve known it was a girl from the start. Teigen, who has been open about her struggle with infertility and the child’s conception through in-vitro fertilization, told People magazine in an interview published today that “I’ve made this decision. Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like, ‘Let’s put in the girl.’”

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Teigen has been shocked by the negative backlash she has received by announcing  her decision, saying, on Twitter earlier today:”This is all so interesting. I said it so casually because i’m just open. I’m around so many open-minded people & forgot it’s controversial.”

While I am not against in-vitro fertilization, I do think choosing embryos based on certain factors may be a slippery slope. That being said, it’s well-documented that baby girls are aborted around the world in countries where a daughter isn’t favored or is considered a liability, so I think it’s pretty great that this female life is so heavily VALUED. But, it also makes me sad about the 60 million lives that  have been legally aborted since 1973 in our country…is this just another kind of “choice” that could lead to more babies being killed before they are born?

I guess the jury’s still out in my mind on this one,  but there’s one thing I do know: there’s no reason to be mean to ANYONE on the internet, whether they are a celebrity or not!

Congrats to Chrissy and John as they bring this precious new life into the world!

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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.