Some women give up smoking, even when aborting

The author witnessed abortions and interviewed postabortion women and men. She remarked that many women give up smoking to protect the baby, even when they plan to have abortions:

“The maternal instinct manifests itself in many curious ways; it is not so very unusual to encounter a woman who has an abortion appointment for eight days hence – but who has given up smoking cigarettes for the waiting interval “so as not to damage the baby.” This might be sensible if the woman was still uncertain as to whether she would proceed with the pregnancy or not, but it occurs even when the woman is certain she will terminate it. Yet there is a feeling that while the foetus is there, it elicits a sense of protection.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 226-227

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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