NYT columnist rips Justice Barrett for comments on adoption: ‘I know the trauma’

A Democratic strategist who was adopted as a child ripped Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett in a New York Times essay Friday for making comments about adoption during oral arguments Wednesday in an abortion case out of Mississippi.

According to Fox News, Elizabeth Spiers titled her essay, “I Was Adopted. I Know the Trauma It Can Inflict,” and said that adoption is “infinitely more difficult, expensive, dangerous and potentially traumatic than terminating a pregnancy during its early stages.”

“As an adoptee myself, I was floored by Justice Barrett’s assumption that adoption is an accessible and desirable alternative for women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant,” Spiers wrote for the Times.

Barrett basically asked during oral arguments, “Why was abortion necessary, when women who do not want to be mothers can simply give their babies up for adoption?” Spiers paraphrased.

“A form of health care”

Barrett wasn’t suggesting something that she knows nothing about, though. She and her husband have two adopted children, a boy and a girl from Haiti.

Obviously, their experience has been good, or she wouldn’t be expressing the view that adoption is a positive and even preferable alternative to abortion. The left doesn’t see it this way, but at least adoption preserves the baby’s life.

Barrett’s experience apparently diverges from Spiers’, though. While Spiers was adopted by a loving family and had a happy childhood, she later found her birth mother and both were tortured by the time they missed together.

Spiers said both her adoptive and birth mother oppose abortion and have pointed out to her that she would not be alive today if they had been pro-choice, but she continues to disagree. “I resent the suggestion by people like Justice Barrett that adoption is a simple solution, and I resent it on behalf of Maria, who found the choice she made traumatizing and still feels that pain, 44 years later. Even when an adoption works out well, as it did in my case, it is still fraught,” she said.

“I believe that abortion is a form of health care, and that every woman should have access to it if she needs it,” Spiers went on to write.

“This is psychotic”

According to Fox News, her argument seemed absurd to some commentators on the right, who were quick to point out her lapse in logic.

“I can assure you my sister prefers being alive than dead. And would prefer a life outside of an orphanage in Calcutta,” conservative columnist and former The View co-host Meghan McCain said, calling “anti-adoption fringe intellectuals” like Spiers “vile and sick.”

“Love that the new Leftist position is that abortion is necessary because adoption is bad,” Ben Shapiro wrote, according to Fox. “This is psychotic.”

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