The ongoing ‘ban on abortion bans’ continues, as celebrities and now elected officials are opening up about their personal stories about their abortions to counter recent state’s passing of restrictive abortion laws.
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) recently retweeted an op-ed that her colleague in the House, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D) penned about a past abortion.
“The medical decisions we make about our bodies are personal – but sharing stories can help end the stigmatization attached to abortion,” said Wasserman Schultz. “ We will keep fighting in Congress to #StopTheBans.”
Terminating my pregnancy was not an easy choice, but it was my choice. That is the single thing that has allowed me to live with the consequences of my decisions. And that is what must be preserved, for every pregnant person. #StopTheBans https://t.co/YXQhlpIaZX
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) June 13, 2019
Jayapal, who refers herself as being “bold, progressive, and unafraid,” stated that this was the first time she has “spoken publicly” about the abortion, adding that her choice to abort her second child only hers to make.
“Jayapal describes her first pregnancy and how her child Janak was born weighing 1 pound, 14 ounces and faced complications due to undeveloped organs.
Jayapal describes becoming pregnant again years later and knowing she faced potential major health complications, both for herself from another emergency cesarean section and for another potentially premature child.”-The Hill
“I decided I could not responsibly have the baby. It was a heartbreaking decision, but it was the only one I was capable of making,” said Jayapal
“For me, terminating my pregnancy was not an easy choice, but it was mychoice,” she wrote. “That is the single thing that has allowed me to live with the consequences of my decisions. And that is what must be preserved, for every pregnant person.”
Meanwhile, the restrictive abortion laws are being met with strong resistance, as pro-Choice lobby has been able to effectively push back on the laws using legal remedies.