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Illinois U.S. senator gives birth to baby girl

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US Senators recently gave Senator Duckworth a baby shower

WASHINGTON – Illinois' junior US Senator Tammy Duckworth gave birth to her second daughter Monday, becoming the first member of the US Senate to give birth while in office. 

Duckworth, 50 years old, said that she was especially grateful for the support of family and friends as she and her husband sought to "complete their family." 

"We’re also so grateful for the love and support of our friends and family, as well as our wonderful medical teams for everything they’ve done to help us in our decades-long journey to complete our family," Duckworth tweeted Monday afternoon. 

Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet says Senator Duckworth and her husband sought fertility specialists while attempting to have their second child. 

Duckworth is an adamant pro-abortion lawmaker and has received the endorsement of the major abortion groups throughout her career in the US Congress as well as in the US Senate.  She lost her legs in a helicopter crash while fighting terrorism in Iraq.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Really, having a baby at age 50? Can you get anymore selfish? Both my spouse and I were born to parents in their early 40s…I grew up watching my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and three of our older siblings die, much less our parents. Now in our 50s we have no one left except each other and our children. Outside of life itself, there is nothing to commend late life children. It is very hard on the child and in the age of scientific knowledge and birth control, deliberate procreation in your 40s much less 50s is a selfish and shameful thing to do.

  2. It all depends on how you look at it. I, too, was born to parents in their 40s, so I know what it’s like to have others mistake your parents for your grandparents, watching older relatives die, and so on. Maybe my parents were “old-fashioned” and couldn’t do as much with me as they could have had they been in their 20s or 30s. But the flip side is that by the time they had me, they had been around the block a few times already, and their lack of youthfulness was more than made up for by their increased wisdom and patience.
    I am no fan of Duckworth’s, but to label her “selfish” for having children later in life is just plain silly. There is much about Duckworth to criticize; her decision to have a child with her husband, though, is not something that warrants criticism.