You’ll pardon us if we use any language in this post that doesn’t match the guidance given by NPR on reporting on abortion; it will take us a while to stop incorrectly calling a fetus a “baby” or “the unborn,” which is “part of the strategy used by anti-abortion groups” Guess from now on women are going to have fetus showers for expectant mothers.

A spate of pro-life legislation has abortion in the headlines, and The Atlantic found an angle to counter the argument that pregnant women should give up their unwanted children for adoption. You see, adoption ends up being more emotionally scarring that just having that fetus terminated and being done with it.

“Many” women seem to find adoption more emotionally distressing. And why would that be? Because they realize they’ve brought a new, innocent human life into the world and can’t help but feel connected to it once it “looks” like a human being?

We’re sure “many” women also consider their abortions to have been emotionally scarring, but we’re guessing the article doesn’t get into that.

Olga Khazan writes:

The mothers who did choose adoption ultimately reported that they were happy with their decision. But Sisson says that, at least initially, “adoption can be deeply traumatic. Uniformly, the birth mothers experience grief after placement. It’s a very hard choice and one that a lot of women are not interested in making.”

In the study, several women expressed an unwillingness to part with a baby they had carried to term and given birth to. “I had too many feelings for her to give [her] to someone I barely knew,” one woman said. Some said they would feel guilty placing their children with adoption agencies, and one even imagined the fully-grown child coming back one day and interrogating her about her choice. “By the time they are delivering the child, women feel bonded to their pregnancies and their children,” Sisson told me.

Wow, this is a much different take than Teen Vogue’s, which assured us “abortion can be funny.”

Exactly. That’s why we have to call it a fetus now until it’s been delivered.


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