TTV host Cathy Newman has become the latest high-profile woman to go public with her abortion experience, including the possibility of the US Supreme Court ruling. override Roe v Wade provokes a defiant wave of testimonies.
post on twitter on Thursday, the Channel 4 News presenter wrote that she was sad about having an abortion but “never regretted it for a second”.
“All women, here in the United States and around the world, should have that choice,” Newman said.
Since Judge Samuel Alito’s draft opinion leaked to Politico on May 2, outlining their belief that the landmark 1973 decision guaranteeing abortion rights had been “grossly wrong from the start,” the women have been speaking out about their own terminations.
On Tuesday, American singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers tweeted:: “I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour. I went to family planning, where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.”
In Manhattan, New York Attorney General Letitia James told a crowd of protesters that because of her abortion, she had “proudly walked into Planned Parenthood, and I apologize to no one. To anyone.” Describing herself as a woman of faith, James told the demonstration:: “My God says that you have to make the best decision for you and your life.”
Writing in the independentNewman said Alito’s leaked decision had brought back “one of the most difficult moments of [her] life,” after she and her husband were told more than 15 years ago that the baby she was carrying had a serious abnormality and was unlikely to survive.
While many women have chosen to emphasize their relief at being able to terminate their pregnancies, Newman described the experience as “devastating”. But, she said, although the decision was difficult, it was correct: “There is not a day that I regret it,” she writes.
More women are now speaking out. US podcast host miguel okland he told his 296,000 followers On twitter that she had an abortion at 19, but had never felt comfortable talking about it online. “People have scary opinions on the subject, and even now I’m scared to speak about it,” she said.
Despite the stigma, women around the world have also gone public. under the hashtags #myabortionhistory and #ihadanabortion, Twitter users have reminisced about their experiences terminating a pregnancy.
“I hope this catches on” wrote one. “I was in a very abusive marriage when I found out I was pregnant. I made the difficult decision to abort. I would never have left my abuser if I had had a child. I have no excuses. It should be a legal and safe option for any woman.”
eg Dickson, a writer for Rolling Stone, posted: “I’ve never shared this here, but fuck it: I had an abortion. I also have a son and am currently expecting another. I’ll be honest, I had incredibly complex feelings about both of these options. But I never felt anything but deep gratitude for *having* a choice.”
AN pupil she wrote that, five months after her Ph.D., she had an abortion, knowing that she could not have maintained her academic standards and given the child she already had the same opportunities.
“People rightly sympathize with women who choose abortion for medical reasons,” she wrote. “That was not me. I faced the reality of my economic class and career aspirations. If love were currency, I could have given it too much… but it’s not like that.”
The wave of testimonies is not the first caused by changes in the American legal landscape. Last year, when Texas passed its almost total ban On abortion, actress Uma Thurman revealed how she terminated a pregnancy as a teenager. Although [it was] “the most difficult decision of my life”, she wrote“Choosing not to have that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be.”
In 2020, after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg left a seat on the supreme court vacant for Donald Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney BarrettFleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks said she had an abortion in 1979.
“If I hadn’t had that abortion, I’m pretty sure Fleetwood Mac wouldn’t have existed,” she said. told the guard. “There’s just no way I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs… I would have had to walk away.”
In 2019, after the state of Georgia passed your ‘heartbeat bill”, banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, British actress Jameela Jamil wrote on Twitter:
“I had an abortion when I was young and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for myself and for the baby I didn’t want and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. Many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So cruel.
Georgia’s law of 2019 was permanently locked the following year by a federal judge, who found that it violated the United States Constitution. In his ruling, Steve Jones cited precedents including Roe v Wade and a subsequent Supreme Court decision, Casey v Planned Parenthood. Both rulings, according to the document leaked this week, “should be cancelled”.