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:
Dear parents: Teen Vogue is giving your daughters advice about what to buy friends after an abortion https://t.co/FwFUqY7p3S
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 12, 2017
THIS IS HORRIFYING. teen vogue. you lie. you are sick. https://t.co/TMtDX4TdWr
— gianna jessen (@giannajessen) February 11, 2017
— Julia (@JuliaGulia809) February 11, 2017
TeenVogue's target market is ... teenage girls. This is sick. https://t.co/dnHAICiSAm
— Kelsey Rupp (@KelseyRupp) February 11, 2017
Get to your daughters before Teen Vogue. Post-abortive teens need serious help, not an "angry uterus" heating pad.
— Emily Jennings (@emilyejennings) February 11, 2017
— Amber Bailey (@camberbailey) February 10, 2017
A post-abortion gift guide. Really. Disgusting.
"What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion" | Teen Vogue https://t.co/k4nfFmUPWv
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) February 11, 2017
— Corinne Clark (@corinnec) February 13, 2017
— Gloria Purvis (@gloria_purvis) February 13, 2017
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.