Pop singer Britney Spears announced the miscarriage of her “miracle baby” on Saturday, a tragic end to what originally appeared to be her triumph over the fall of her father’s guardianship.
In her Instagram post on Saturday, Spears said in a joint statement with her fiancé, Sam Asghari, that it is “our deepest sadness” to announce the unfortunate miscarriage.
“It is with our greatest sadness that we have to announce that we have lost our miracle baby early in the pregnancy,” the statement read.
“This is a devastating time for any parent. Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were more advanced, but we were too excited to share the good news,” adds the statement. “Our love for each other is our strength. We will continue to try to expand our beautiful family. We are grateful for all your support. We kindly ask for privacy during this difficult time.
The pop singer announced her pregnancy last April in an Instagram post, following the end of her father’s guardianship, which notoriously prevented her from reproducing by forcing her to use an IUD.
Both liberals and conservatives rallied to her cause at the time, with both sides noting that she simultaneously violated her bodily autonomy and her right to procreate. the New York Times likened such a practice to forced sterilization consistent with eugenics.
“Forced contraception tolerated by the courts is rare in guardianships. But the specter it raises – forced sterilization – has a dark and extensive history in the United States, especially against poor women, women of color and prisoners. In the early 20th century, the state-sanctioned practice was upheld by the United States Supreme Court,” the outlet noted.
“Eugenics was one of the main justifications for female sterilization. In the case of 1927 Buck versus Bell, the Supreme Court upheld the right to sterilize a ‘feeble-minded’ woman who had been committed to a public mental institution, with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes writing sadly: ‘Three generations of fools are enough,’ he said for follow-up.