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Teen Vogue under fire from pro-life women for publishing post-abortion gift guide

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The magazine Teen Vogue is under fire for publishing a post-abortion gift guide for young women.

The article, titled “What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion,” offers suggestions for gifts one can give a friend who just had an abortion.

“So your friend is about to have an abortion. Of course you want to be there for her, but you don’t know how,” the article begins.

The article states that the decision to have an abortion “shouldn’t have to be so scary.”

“The worst part of all this isn’t the procedure itself (which by the way is completely safe as long as you have access to a good clinic),” it states. “The worst part is how you’re treated afterwards.”

The article features a slideshow of “some things to lift her spirits, to help ease the cramps, and to put a smile on her face.” Recommendations include a box of chocolates, a book of poetry, an “angry uterus” heating pad, an “F U-terus” pin (proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood) and absorbent underwear designed for menstruation “especially because there will be blood.”

“She will need a ride, she will need a hug, and she will need you — not because the act itself is so terrible, but because sometimes the world can be,” it states.

The article includes no resources for young women who are experiencing physical complications or mental health issues following an abortion. A 2011 study in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who had undergone an abortion were 34 percent more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, 37 percent more likely to experience depression, and 155 percent more likely to commit suicide. They were also 110 percent more likely to abuse alcohol or use marijuana.

Pro-life women took to Twitter to express disgust with the article:

New Wave Feminists, a pro-life feminist organization, posted on Facebook that the article makes them “profoundly sad" by discussing abortion "super casually" while refusing to acknowledge that the procedure results in "a human being, dying."

A spokeswoman for Teen Vogue did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.

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