What’s with this week already? There are a bunch of really excellent pieces already, which you must read. In no particular order:
Kathryn Joyce on the death of adoptee Hana Williams, and how international adoptions too often hand vulnerable children over to savior-minded Christian parents. The worst abuses seem to come from the homes that have upwards of a dozen children in them, resembling de facto orphanages except without staff or oversight, and from homes where the drive to adopt is religiously-motivated and the parents use fundamentalist and violent child-”training” techniques. If it were up to me, states and adoption agencies would look at large-number adoptions as a warning sign of potential abuse or problems at home — if you adopt a dozen cats, any reputable animal rescue organization is going to see a red flag, and it’s despicable that it’s not the same with children.
Thanksgiving in Mongolia, by Ariel Levy, is a heartbreaking piece about pregnancy and loss — and it’s incredibly raw, beautifully written, and wrenching. Levy has long been one of my favorite New Yorker reporters, and her ability to turn the gaze back on herself and construct a piece so clear-eyed is one reason why.
My Abortion: 26 women tell their abortion stories.