Cheryl Burke shares emotional abortion story and reveals she ‘wouldn’t be sitting here without it’
Cheryl Burke first spoke about an abortion she had at age 18 after the Roe V. Wade ruling was quashed on Friday.
The Dancing With The Stars professional, 38, shared how she “wouldn’t be sitting here” without the procedure, while sharing the emotional Tik Tok post.
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed abortion rights across the country, she insisted “we must keep fighting.”
Opening: Cheryl Burke first spoke about an abortion she had when she was 18 years old after the Roe V. Wade verdict was quashed on Friday
The dancer opened up her own story in the three-minute video, solemnly explaining: “I am saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavily on my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18.
“If there weren’t places like planned parenting, I’d be a mom. And I wouldn’t have been a great mother and I certainly wouldn’t be sitting here with you today.”
Cheryl explained that as a teenager she became pregnant despite using birth control, choosing to have an abortion when she was two weeks pregnant.
Teenage: The Dancing With The Stars professional, 38, told how she ‘wouldn’t be sitting here’ without the procedure, as she shared the emotional Tik Tok post
Saddened: Candid about her own story in the three-minute video, the dancer solemnly explained: ‘I am saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavily on my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18’
Noting the “traumatic” experience, she explained that when she went for the abortion, she met protesters outside the venue.
The dancer described the Supreme Court decision as “taking away women’s rights” and continued: “Our bodies, our freedom, our bodies have nothing to do with anyone else, right? This is a decision we have to make.”
“The fact that you are making it illegal for us women to make decisions about our own bodies is simply insane. What world do we live in today? It’s nobody’s business.’
Emotionally: In the caption, she referred to the Roe v. Wade decision – admitted she was sad
Shocked: ‘That you make it illegal for us women to make decisions about our own bodies is downright insane. What world do we live in today? It’s nobody’s business’
Cheryl went on to say she was happy with her decision, saying she had “no regrets” and “no shame about it.”
‘What if you get raped? What if you are molested? What if it’s generally unwanted? Now women have to live with all that trauma? This is ridiculous. I’m so upset, I’m so sad and I feel like this is a personal attack because of my experience,” she explained.
She reached out to “all the women out there” and said, “We must keep fighting, we must not stop fighting for our rights as women.”
Keep fighting: reaching out to ‘all the women out there’, she said: ‘We must keep fighting, we must not stop fighting for our rights as women’
Legislative change: Power to enact abortion laws has now returned to states, 13 of which already had ‘trigger’ abortion bans on the books, ready to take effect when Roe was gone
Fighting back: And protests have taken place across the country, with protesters gathering in downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square to express their thoughts
The power to enact abortion laws is now back with states, 13 of which already had ‘trigger’ abortion bans on the books, ready to take effect after Roe was gone.
According to the BBC, an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas closed its doors as soon as the court’s decision was announced – as Arkansas is a state with a trigger law allowing an immediate ban.
“No matter how hard we prepare for bad news, when it finally hits, it comes hard. It’s heartbreaking to have to call these patients and tell them that Roe v Wade has been destroyed,” nurse Ashli Hunt told the outlet.
President Joe Biden described the ruling as “a tragic mistake” as protests have erupted across the country over the news.
Free abortion: President Joe Biden described ruling as ‘a tragic mistake’ as signs demanded ‘free abortion on demand’