Why do we feel bad for some people cut off from bio-parents but not others?

Three people stand before you. One had a biological parent die before they were born. A second had a biological parent abscond before they were born. A third was conceived using an anonymous donor.

Recently, in a Facebook forum, a donor-conceived person asked why we acknowledge loss and feel empathy in the first two scenarios but seldom in the last.

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