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With the recent decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, there is no longer the federal constitutional right to abortion that had been in place for nearly 50 years. This takes away a woman’s ability to make decisions about her own body in many states across the country. The reaction to this decision by the Supreme Court has been met with much anger, disappointment and sadness. It also highlighted the stories of women from all walks of life who made the decision to have an abortion because it was best for where they were at some point in their lives. This includes well-known women. If they hadn’t had the opportunity to make that choice for themselves, their lives would have been very different.
Many famous women have opened up about their experiences, whether in books, interviews or on social media. A woman has shared her decision-making experience on reality TV. See, in their own words, their stories, how they came to their decision and how they felt about it, and their strength.
“I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through,” she said. “It would be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I had nothing to offer a child.
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“I got pregnant early in my life and I knew I wasn’t ready to be a mother. So I had two abortions. But now that Georgia is backsliding on women’s rights? All women need to be careful,” she said years ago on “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.” “Now in my life, I don’t regret it. I was not ready to have children.
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“I had an abortion when I was 18. I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about it here, but I’m not ashamed, so I’m sharing today because if #you know me, you know someone one who aborted.
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Early in her career, while dating producer Dallas Austin, the TLC singer said she made the decision to have an abortion. “I didn’t have the support, and so I was so scared and didn’t know what to do,” she said, “and I chose not to have it — one of biggest mistakes. I’m 20 years old, my career hadn’t even really started, you know, so how do I do all this? How can I be a mom? she remembers. “It messed me up. I don’t know – it broke my spirits. She added, “I feel like I’ve become, I don’t know – kind of like, my stronger self. I feel like I gave in and broke up with what someone else wanted. And I was breaking down and crying – because I wasn’t a mom. I almost cried every day for nearly nine years.
“I made the best decision then,” the singer and former “Love and Hip Hop New York” star shared. “I don’t like regrets in general. I don’t like to think about something that I can’t change that is in the past in a negative way. It is what it is and I have to be positive and move on. But I’m really sad about this and I’m going to be sad for a long time.
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“Everything I ever wanted seemed to be close at hand,” she wrote in “Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life” of finding out she was pregnant. weeks before the 2008 Olympics. “The culmination of a lifetime of work was right in front of me. At that point, it didn’t seem like the choice at all. The debate about beginning life was swirling in my head, and the veil of a child out of wedlock in the prime of life seemed unbearable to me. What would my sponsors, my family, my church and my fans think of me?
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Before being an EGOT winner, Whoopi Goldberg was a young teenager trying to figure out her situation. “I found out I was pregnant at fourteen. I didn’t have a period. I didn’t speak to anyone. I panicked. At that point, I was more afraid of having to explain anyone what was wrong than going to the park with a coat hanger, which I did.
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“I was 24, in Europe, very far from home,” she shared in a tweet in support of the fight against abortion stigma. “I was worried about my professional responsibilities and I was afraid that I could not exist as both a career woman and a mother. #You know me”
“Being pregnant is the scariest thing to happen in your life,” she said after learning she was pregnant in high school. “I knew in high school that it was something I wasn’t ready to do or fight or fight.”
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On her former VH1 reality show “K Michelle: My Life,” the singer opened up about having an abortion after her ex, who already had four kids, turned out to be someone she couldn’t count on. “I never thought it was something I would do at this point in my life, and when that decision was made…I really fought,” she said.
“I was suddenly faced with a choice that I never thought I would have to make. In the midst of my great apprehensions about abortion, I finally made the heartbreaking decision… In my heart, I believed I had taken a life – an action that I thought God might one day punish me for. … My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt.
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The actress and reality TV personality had an abortion while on “The Real World” in 1993. This? Should I have a child? Shouldn’t I have children? Am I ready? No I’m not ready. I always try to pull myself together. I can’t help anyone else until I can help myself. And ultimately the best decision for me was to terminate the pregnancy,” she said recently. “I wanted to show people by example, to be responsible. Because it’s hard to go through. You don’t want to have to terminate your child. You want to be ready for this process. And also you want to be with the person, in love with the person that you have this child with. I had none of that. So for me, that was the decision I made.
Known for the brand she created as Karrine Steffans, Ovesen has opened up about choosing to have a double abortion in an allegedly abusive marriage. “I have been married three times and in the past year have aborted both babies conceived with my third husband,” she wrote in an op-ed for XO Jane in 2016. “God knows I loved him. God knows I still do. But it was his addictions to drugs and alcohol and the abuse I suffered from him that kept me from seeing myself stuck with him for the rest of my life. She added, “I thought the marriage could be annulled, but our children would be annulled forever, and they deserved a better father and a happier and healthier mother.”
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