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Women still dealing defiantly with her abortion over 15 years later

by | Nov 3, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

Renee Bracey Sherman is someone we’ve posted about several times before. Not (as she bitterly complains in her attack on pro-lifers) because me, or any other pro-lifer, are lashing out because Sherman considers that her abortion “was—and still is–the best decision I ever made”; or are “upset” because “I love myself, publicly”; or because there is a “deep seated hatred for Black women” illustrated by a billboard that reads, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” 

It’s none of these motives that she inputs to those “who are anti-abortion.” Even a decade and a half later, Sherman is self-evidently still dealing with the abortion she insists was “uneventful,” planned (before she even turned 16, she knew “if I became pregnant before I was ready, I would have an abortion”), and essentially painless (“a few cramps”). 

Sometimes it’s “The lady [really] doth protest too much,” and in so doing reveals there are layers and layers to the conclusion to her Newsweek op-ed —“The most important lesson I’ve learned in the 15 years since my abortion is that it’s okay to love myself.”

As she has told readers before, Sherman had her abortion alone. Her then-boyfriend “didn’t want to come inside” and she “wasn’t ready to tell my parents—who I knew would have come with me if I wanted.” 

Out of this “feeling of loneliness,” her life was changed and she became a full-time abortion activist. (At the end, we read, “Renee Bracey Sherman is the founder and executive director of We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions.”)

One other—to me—especially revealing part of her op-ed. While bashing anyone who put up such a billboard (or another that read “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted ” next to an image of President Barack Obama), she chooses to avoid the truth: Black women have far, far more abortions per thousand women of child-bearing age than do white women. She simply says that if women who’ve aborted see one of these billboards, they “might feel erased.” 

But, of course, it’s the millions and millions and millions of Black babies who’ve been aborted since 1973 who have been “erased.” The billboards are intended not to shame or erase. What possible purpose would that serve, other than to affirm Sherman’s hatred of pro-lifers?

Rather the objective is to educate and affirm that the sponsors believe women of any color are strong enough to choose life in difficult circumstance.

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