Washington Post adopted opinion writer: ‘I wish my birth mother’ had ‘a real choice’ to abort me

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A Washington Post columnist insisted on Monday that ‘adoption is not a fairy tale answer to the abortion’ that pro-lifers want her to be while wishing her birth mother had had the choice to abort.

As the Supreme Court prepares to announce its decision in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Washington D.C. attorney Cynthia Landesberg has denounced what she sees as dishonest tactics by pro-Wade activists. life during adoption discussions.

“When abortion advocates ask abortion advocate adoptees, ‘Would you rather have had an abortion?’ the intention is to force us to say no. But for some of us the answer is yes,” she wrote.

During Dobbs’ closing arguments against Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett pointed to shelter laws in each state that allow women to put their babies up for adoption instead of abortion.

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Landesberg, however, argued that adoptees run the risk of issues regarding “attachment, identity, and the trauma of institutionalization,” as well as racism.

“Furthermore, transracial adoptees like myself often face racism and ethnic bullying, and do so without the protective isolation of ethnic socialization. Most adoptive parents are white. all adoptions and 28% of foster adoptions.. With laws restricting access to abortion more likely to affect people of color, it is not hard to imagine an increase in the number of ‘non-white adoptees, and therefore more children struggling with identity crises,’ she wrote.

The New York Times published a similar op-ed by Democratic strategist Elizabeth Spiers in December. Spiers also attacked Barrett for suggesting adoption was “some kind of idyllic fairy tale” while ignoring the “trauma” it inflicts.

In mid-May, a guest writer for the Baltimore Sun who had been adopted wrote that she wished her mother had the right to abort her.

FILE PHOTO: A billboard advertising adoption services targets pregnant women at a bus stop in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. December 7, 2021.

FILE PHOTO: A billboard advertising adoption services targets pregnant women at a bus stop in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. December 7, 2021.
(REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File photo)

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MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross also suggested in May that adoption was “not always a safe option” for black babies, who are aborted at a much higher rate than white babies.

Landesberg continued to cry that her own birth mother had no “choice” in her pregnancy.

“Adoption is not an answer to a problem, but the result of two choices: the choice to stay pregnant and the choice not to raise a child,” she said. “Both are choices I wish my birth mother had.”

“Maybe if my biological mother had had a real choice, I would have been aborted, unknowingly reabsorbed into the earth,” she explained. “Maybe she would have lifted me up and I would face the ordinary challenges of life without the adoption baggage.”

Pro-life protesters stand outside the United States Supreme Court building during the annual Right to Life March, Washington DC, January 22, 1988. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Pro-life protesters stand outside the United States Supreme Court building during the annual Right to Life March, Washington DC, January 22, 1988. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

She continued: “Or maybe I would be exactly where I am now – but I would know it was her decision. I wouldn’t wonder if I had been forced into existence, bought or stolen into adoption. I I’m not sure she carries the pain she felt.”

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She concluded: “To those who oppose abortion, I say: don’t hide behind stories like mine. Adoption is not a solution worthy of a fairy tale. And adoptees are not there to balm your pro-life conscience.”