Burke says she was practicing safe sex when she became pregnant at 18, while Moreno recounted how things went horribly wrong when she got hers before the 1973 ruling.
Even before the full impact of the Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision has even begun to materialize, some women are coming forward with their own abortion stories.
Two of these women explore the potential ramifications of state-level abortion bans by sharing their own unique experiences. For ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Cheryl Burke, her story is set 20 years ago and after practicing safe sex and using birth control.
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Meanwhile, the story of legendary actress Rita Moreno unfolds in the world we are all about to enter, as she faces the difficult decision to end her pregnancy with the child of Marlon Brando long before Roe v Wade legalized it.
Burke took to her Instagram on Friday with an impassioned video shortly after the ruling was delivered, recounting how she ended up a pregnant teenager even after following steps to avoid it.
“If it weren’t for places like Planned Parenthood I would be a mother and I wouldn’t have been a good mother and I certainly wouldn’t be sitting here with you today,” she said. told his subscribers in the clip.
“I was practicing safe sex. I was using protection and taking birth control and it happens,” she said. She recalled protesters outside Planned Parenthood, adding to the already traumatic experience.
In the end, she said she was happy with her decision, even though “it’s nobody’s business.” She added, “I have no regrets, there’s no shame behind it.”
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She vehemently condemned the High Court decision saying: “You are depriving women of their rights, of our bodies, of our freedom. Our bodies have nothing to do with anyone else, do they? It’s a decision we have to make.
Moreno admitted to Variety on Friday that she was “scared” after this latest ruling, which has already curtailed women’s reproductive rights in several states.
Although the 90-year-old Oscar-winning actress didn’t say exactly when she had her procedure, it was well before 1973. She also admitted that she was extremely lucky because Brando found “a real doctor. .. as opposed to something in an alley.”
Nevertheless, there were complications, as she started bleeding after returning home. She explained that the doctor did not complete the procedure properly, leaving the fetus inside her.
“Marlon took me to the hospital. I had what they told me was a ‘disturbed pregnancy,’ Moreno told Variety. “I didn’t know it then, but I could have died . Such a waste. What a terrible mess.”
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This isn’t the first time Moreno has spoken about the harrowing experience, having first discussed it in her 2011 book “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” as well as a documentary about her life ten years later. Now, however, with the restriction of legal abortions, her story takes on new resonance.
“I can see this thing happening now and going back to the back alleys,” Morena said. “I’m really nervous, scared and horrified that this is happening.”
She lashed out at the decision, recalling how “jubilant” she was when Roe v Wade first came through. Now she is “depressed”.
“I can’t believe some of these people are telling us what to do with our bodies,” she said, crediting Hillary Clinton with warning that it would happen. “I’m not shocked because I saw it coming but I’m stunned.”
She then said the decision had “reactivated” activists like her, who she said “should look after”.
“I’m thinking of young girls. Taking it to the extreme, girls who get pregnant because of rape or incest,” she said. “Unfair is not a strong enough word, but it is unfair.”