Some women give up smoking to protect their baby, even when planning to abort

By Sarah Terzo

Seven weeks. Most abortions in the U.S. take place at this time or later in pregnancy

Seven weeks. Most abortions in the U.S. take place at this time or later in pregnancy

The author witnessed abortions and interviewed post-abortion 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), pp. 226-227.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.