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Dear Wilhemina

Prospect's agony aunt responds to reader's problems

By Wilhemina   May 2009

I’m pregnant. Am I a hypocrite?

Dear Wilhemina

I have recently discovered I’m pregnant—and I’m very much opposed to the convention that dictates women should wait to announce their pregnancies until they have reached 13 or 14 weeks, and are past the Down’s syndrome screening and miscarriage risk. I believe it ferments a sense of shame around both miscarriage and abortion and, moreover, isolates the person or couple confronting them, since even when there is no moral or political issue—in the case of miscarriage—the social embarrassment still holds.

Having said all that, it is quite embarrassing to announce a…

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