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BuzzFeed publishes stories of celebrities justifying their abortions

by | Jun 30, 2022

By Clare Marie Merkowsky

An American news website has been circulating firsthand accounts of pop culture stars about their abortion experiences. 

BuzzFeedNews published the compilation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. In the abridged anecdotes, most of the women attempted to justify their abortions and seemed to have no remorse. However, two clearly recognized the immorality of their decisions and their devastating effects. Two others seemed ambivalent.   

Actress Jameela Jamil admitted she had an abortion at a young age but maintained it was the “best decision” for her and “the baby I didn’t want.” 

Award winning actress Whoopi Goldberg said she aborted her baby herself with a wire after discovering she was pregnant at fourteen. 

“I sat in hot baths. I drank these strange concoctions girls told me about,” she said. “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.” 

Singer Stevie Nicks justified her abortion by saying that if she hadn’t aborted her baby, she was “pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac.”  She intimated that her band, which was unusual in having two lead female singers and two lead female writers, was more important than bringing her baby into the world.  

American journalist and activist Gloria Steinem recalled undergoing an illegal abortion after promising a doctor not to reveal his name if he referred her for an abortion. She seemed to believe that her only other option was to leave the United Kingdom, where she was living and waiting for a visa to visit India, to return to the USA and get married to her ex-fiancé

However, a few of the stories reveal the deep underlying sorrow and sense of loss left by abortion.  

Singer Toni Braxton admitted that her decision to abort her baby was rooted in selfishness, although she justified it at the time.  

“I am not really embarrassed about it — I am more ashamed of myself for doing that because I could’ve figured something out financially. That was just an excuse I was making for myself,” she said.  

American singer, dancer, and actress Rozonda Thomas revealed that her abortion “messed me up — it broke my spirit. I felt like I became not my strong self anymore. I felt like I gave in and broke [down] to what someone else wanted.” 

“I cried almost every day for nine years,” she continued. “And then I was caught up — I had to have a baby. I had to fix it, and the only way I could fix it was with [her band’s producer Dallas Austin]. I could only have this baby with him because the baby I didn’t have was with him.” 

Actress Naya Rivera seemed ambivalent about the abortion she procured, saying it was “an emotional nightmare.” Another actress, Amber Tamblyn, said that she does not regret her decision to have an abortion but also that she thinks about it every day.

Tragically, some of the stories involved the celebrities being sexually active as teenagers, and others contained the toxic message that motherhood is incompatible with professional or artistic accomplishments.

There is help available for women who deeply regret their abortions. Ministries for post-abortive women include Rachel’s Vineyard and Project Rachel.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Life Site News and is reposted with permission.

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