Influential Women Who Have Spoken Out About Getting An Abortion
Repeat after us: your body, your choice.
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For some reason, a woman choosing to have an abortion is still, in many ways and by many people, seen as something to be ashamed of. Something to hide. Something to divulge only to best friends in a shameful-secret sort of way. It’s private, yes, and it’s personal, of course - but it’s also NOT something to be ashamed of, and it is NOT something to hide.
Which is why these celebrities speaking out, in public, about their own abortions are so amazing - the more we talk about termination, the more we remove the stigma surrounding it.
Your body, your choice.
“I wasn't sure that I wanted to be attached to this person for the rest of my life... My life was just not conducive to raising a happy, healthy child. So, I decided to get an abortion," said the Girls star.
“I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through ... [It] haunted me all my life ... It'd be contradictory if I said I wasn't pro-choice. I wasn't ready. I didn't have anything to offer a child,” Nicki told Rolling Stone.
NYPD Blue star Amy got candid about her decision to have an abortion in her 20s, telling HuffPost Live: “When I was 21, I terminated a pregnancy and was so grateful, and it was not a bad experience, and I had a sweet boyfriend and a sweet doctor."
"I didn't have just one abortion; I had two in the same year, impregnated by the same guy. I didn't have the money the second time,” Chelsea wrote. “I had to scrape together the $230 to pay Planned Parenthood, but it was a safe abortion. Getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible, but it's still necessary to make a thoughtful decision. We all make mistakes all the time. I happened to f*** up twice at the age of 16. I'm grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally without risking my health or bankrupting myself or my family. I'm 41 now. I don't ever look back and think, God, I wish I'd had that baby."
The Ugly Betty actress spoke to ABC News about an abortion she had while in high school, saying: "Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life. I knew in high school that's something that I was not prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with."
Sinead wrote ‘Special Child’ about her abortion, and said of her experience: "I didn't have a sense of guilt about the abortion. If I had had the child, I wouldn't have been in any state to be the mother that child would have deserved. It wouldn't have worked that way. As far as I'm concerned, that child's spirit is gone and perhaps some day it will return."
The Glee actress revealed that she terminated a pregnancy in 2010, so that she could focus on her career: "It was very scary to open up about everything," she said. "It's not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, 'What the Hell?' But I hope someone out there gets something out of it."
Whoopi shared the story of her terrifying DIY abortion in an essay for the Angela Bonavoglia’s book 'The Choices We Made', and wrote: "I found out I was pregnant when I was fourteen. I didn't get a period. I talked to nobody. I panicked. I sat in hot baths. I drank these strange concoctions girls told me about — something like Johnny Walker Red with a little bit of Clorox, alcohol, baking soda (which probably saved my stomach) and some sort of cream. You mixed it all up. I got violently ill. At that moment I was more afraid of having to explain to anybody what was wrong than of going to the park with a hanger, which is what I did."
"It would have been unthinkable to have a child. He didn't have any money, I had nothing, and I believe if you are going to bring a child into the world that you have to have a responsibility to that child ... I know I made the right decision,” Jackie said.
"I don't know if I have regrets about not keeping it. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. But then I'd say, what would happen to my career?”, Kim opened up about falling pregnant with Biggie Smalls’ baby, and choosing to have it terminated, during an radio interview.
Feminist icon Gloria spoke to The Guardian about having an abortion at the age of 22, saying: “It [abortion] is supposed to make us a bad person. But I must say, I never felt that. I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could! I think the person who said: "Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament" was right. Speaking for myself, I knew it was the first time I had taken responsibility for my own life. I wasn't going to let things happen to me. I was going to direct my life, and therefore it felt positive. But still, I didn't tell anyone. Because I knew that out there it wasn't [positive].”
Remember - if you do fall pregnant, go and see your GP or your local Family Planning Clinic so that you can talk about all your options. Find out more here.