A woman who grew up in foster care explains why the ‘adoption not abortion’ argument doesn’t fly.

People who want abortion legally banned frequently argue for adoption as the alternative. But it’s not that simple. Anti-abortion advocates often tout adoption as the natural alternative to abortion, the idea being that those who are pregnant but don’t want a baby don’t have to keep it. They can go through pregnancy, deliver the baby, and then place the baby into the adoption system. But there are multiple reasons why adoption isn’t the answer to the abortion question. For one, pregnancy and childbirth are major physical and emotional experiences with real medical risks and consequences. Abortion often is, too, but let’s not pretend that pregnancy, childbirth, and adoption is a simple alternative—especially when adoption itself is fraught with many of …

Woman’s viral thread about a stranger on the train asking her for help is a must-read.

via Shutterstock It’s hard enough asking for help from your closest friends and family, let alone a complete stranger. But for some people, relying on the kindness of strangers is a necessity. A woman recently shared an eye-opening thread on Twitter about how a stranger on the train who suffers from epilepsy reached out to her for help, and she complied. The woman, named Erynn Brook, initially shared the whole story as a distraction from her cat getting an ultrasound. I’m waiting on kitty ultrasound results and trying to distract myself a little bit so I’d like to tell you a story about something that happened last night, in the hopes that I can process my feelings around it. I …