The Big Debate: Tweeting about miscarriage

Was Penelope Trunk right to tweet about her miscarriage? Have your say here...

Penelope Trunk, aged 42, sparked outrage this week when she told the world she was having a miscarriage, via Twitter.

Trunk, who has two children and more than 20,000 Twitter followers wrote:

‘I’m in a board meeting. Having a miscarriage. Thank goodness, because there’s a F***ed-up 3 week hoop-jump to have an abortion in Wisconsin’

Critics have lambasted the mum of two for over-sharing, and for using Twitter to make light of a serious medical issue.

But in an article in Friday’s Guardian, Trunk defended herself, saying: ‘For me, Twitter is a way to make a note about the most important things that happen in the day. So, I would never have thought this message would cause uproar, but it did.’

Since posting her controversial Tweet, Trunk has lost 70 followers. One of them said:

‘I am appalled at Penelope’s addiction to Twitter. In the middle of a medical emergency, how narcissistic does an individual have to be that their first thought is not to go to the hospital but to tweet about it? Am I the only one who is shocked by this?’

So what do you think? Was Penelope justified in updating her status and telling us the details of her miscarriage? Or should she have stepped away from her Blackberry and phoned her family instead?

Tell us what you think by posting your comments in the box below

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