As Americans gathered around the dinner table with loved ones this Thanksgiving, a liberal magazine shared stories of women who say they are grateful for having had abortions.
The Nation published the article Thursday morning titled “We are grateful for our abortions”. In it, writer Nikiya Natale interviews women who say having had an abortion (in some cases more than one) has given them opportunities in life they otherwise wouldn’t have had.
The writer against those who say they’re pro-choice but abortions shouldn’t be celebrated, insisting she’s grateful “for my two abortions.” She says her abortions allowed her to plan a pregnancy and have a child on her own terms.
Another woman from New Jersey tells her that having multiple abortions allowed her to finish school and start a small business.
“I have deep gratitude that I was able to make a decision that was right for me,” she says.
Another woman, from Virginia, says she was so grateful for the safe abortion care she received that she returned to the clinic two weeks later and applied for a job. She told staff she wanted to be ‘somebody’s person’ to help patients struggling with the ‘multiple abortion stigma’.
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“From that moment on, I realized that I had to celebrate my life, my abortions and how grateful I was for every abortion I had,” she says, lamenting, “Why not can’t there be a story about abortion where people are happy, have choices, and create the life they want?”
Another Los Angeles woman says she had two abortions – one from a toxic relationship and the other after her first child, when she realized the “full-time responsibilities and economic implications of raising a kid”.
A Texas woman says she had her first abortion at age 21 and her second after becoming pregnant eight years later. She says that although her first abortion gave her opportunities she wouldn’t have had otherwise, she still didn’t want to be a mother.
“I struggled with morning sickness and the realization that part of me still believed abortions should be justified,” she says.
The women shared tips on how to break the news to loved ones who may be pro-life. One said it was better not to worry about “being gentle with others and focusing more on self-confidence”.
Abortion has featured prominently in national discourse since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in late June, overturning the landmark 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion at the federal level.
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The Democratic Party lacks the authority to codify abortion rights into federal law, having just lost the House of Representatives to Republicans. This places the abortion debate on states to navigate and rework the patchwork of laws in place since Roe.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.