Celebrities Share Abortion Stories After Roe V. Wade

On Friday, an unexpected story unfolded in the United States of America, when the seemingly mighty nation went back 50 years in time to strip women of their reproductive rights.

As you may know, the Supreme Court struck down Roe V. Wade, the landmark case that gave citizens the constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion anywhere in the country.

Now the Supreme Court has struck down those rights, allowing states to ban abortion as they wish. As of this writing, at least 13 states – including Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota – either immediately criminalized abortion or are exploring laws that would do so in the near future.

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Since the overthrow of Roe V. Wade made headlines, several celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Amy Schumer and Hailey Bieber, among others took to social media to express their thoughts and outrage at the complete disregard for the law of the land.

However, other stars have chosen to share their horrific or lucky abortion stories to provide insight into the negative impact the overturned law has had on American women.

Rita Moreno had a failed abortion

Legendary actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno has shared her horrific abortion story following Roe V. Wade’s announcement. The veteran Hollywood star who was 41 when Roe V. Wade became the nation’s first law in 1973 has told how she suffered a ‘botched’ abortion because of her then-boyfriend Marlon Brandon.

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Moreno and Brandon dated for eight years and at the time she was in her 20s and 30s. While speaking to Variety about her tragic experience, the ‘West Side Story’ actress recalled that Brandon found a doctor through his friends and paid him $500 to have the procedure performed.

The 90-year-old mentioned that the doctor was a real professional as opposed to a quack, but that didn’t stop her from suffering life-threatening consequences.

“Marlon took me to the hospital. I had what they told me was a ‘troubled pregnancy,'” Moreno recalled. “In other words, he didn’t do it right. I didn’t know it then, but I could have died. What a mess. What a terrible mess.”

The doctor failed to perform a complete abortion, nearly causing the entertainment legend’s death. Reflecting on how the new ruling would affect young women, the ‘One Day At a Time’ star said:

“I can see this thing happening now and going back to the back alleys. I’m really nervous and scared and horrified that this is happening. I can’t believe some of these people tell us what to do with our bodies.

Moreno remembered when Roe V. Wade was the law of the land and how “jubilant” she was. However, she confessed that she saw the backtracking coming.

“Hilary Clinton warned everyone about this. I’m not shocked because I saw it coming but I’m stunned,” she admitted.

Moreno’s concern is targeted at young girls as she said, “I think of young girls. At the extreme, girls who become pregnant through rape or incest. Unfair is not a strong enough word, but it is unfair.

Meadow Walker felt ‘lucky’ to have an abortion

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Meadow Walker, the daughter of the late Paul Walker, opened up about her own abortion story after the ruling. The model released a statement on Instagram calling the decision a huge setback in history.

Sharing her own story, she wrote, “There are countless women who have struggled with the decision to have an abortion. I too struggled with choice, but in 2020, as the world fell apart during the pandemic, I asked for an abortion.

Meadow continued: “It was a very private and personal experience – as it should be. I was blessed with an excellent doctor who supported me through the debilitating process – with their help I was able to be the happy, healthy person I am today.

Meadow lamented how the unfair ruling “constantly marginalizes women” while echoing the truth that “the abortion ban doesn’t prevent abortions, it prevents safe abortions.”

Cheryl Burke wouldn’t be a good mom if she didn’t have a safe abortion

‘Dancing with the Stars’ star Cheryl Burke also opened up about her own story. In a lengthy TikTok video, Burke said, “I am saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavily on my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18.”

She continued, “If it weren’t for places like Planned Parenthood, I would be a mother and I wouldn’t have been a great mother and I certainly wouldn’t be sitting here with you guys today.”

Burke reiterated many people’s beliefs that women should have the right to make decisions about their bodies, not the government.

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She then went into detail about her story, revealing that she was going through a huge transition in her life when she had an unexpected pregnancy.

“I practiced safer sex. I was using protection and taking birth control and it happens,” she recalls. “I was two weeks pregnant when I had the abortion. I remember arriving at Planned Parenthood with picketers holding anti-abortion signs and that alone was traumatic. But, on top of all that, the whole process is traumatic and the fact that you are now making it illegal for us women to make this decision about our own bodies is absolutely insane.

Burke maintains that she has no regrets or shame for her decision and wishes all other women had the right to make such a decision.

Phoebe Bridgers had an abortion while on tour

Singer Phoebe Bridgers shared her abortion story in May when the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe V. Wade’s nullification was leaked.

While protesting the possibility of a cancellation, the “Motion Sickness” singer revealed in a tweet, “I had an abortion in October last year while on tour. I went to parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.

Over the years, several A-listers have spoken out about their abortion history while trying to advocate for reproductive rights. The long list includes Whoopi Goldberg, Jameela Jamil, KeKe Palmer, Toni Braxton, Stevie Nicks, Billie Jean King and Nicki Minaj, among others.

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