"I chose me and I would choose me again. It’s your life. It’s your choice," shared Ireland Baldwin.
Trigger Warning: This story mentions rape of a teenager which the readers may find disturbing.
The United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade, a 50-year-old case that established a constitutional right to access legal abortion. In light of this recent ban on abortion before viability, many celebrities spoke against the decision and some opened up about their personal experience with abortion and how having access to it changed their lives.
Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland Baldwin took to TikTok recently to share details of two abortions that she underwent. "I don't feel that it is anyone's responsibility to talk about this if they don't feel comfortable," said the 26-year-old who underwent the procedure after she was raped as a teenager and then again during a former relationship.
"We were very unhappy together. And he made it pretty clear that he never wanted kids or marriage — he barely wanted to be in a serious relationship," she revealed, according to TODAY. "I chose to get an abortion because I know exactly what it felt like to be born between two people who hated each other," noted Ireland pointing at her parents' failed relationship.
Her mother Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin got married in 1993 and by 2002 they got divorced when Ireland was just 7. Back in April, she appeared in an episode of Red Table Talk and recalled how she "went through a heavy-duty, very out loud when you’re in the public, divorce" as she went on to describe it as a "very rough time."
In her TikTok video, Ireland continued, "Could I have had that baby and put that baby up for adoption? Maybe. Maybe not." She added, "But choosing to raise a baby without my own financial security, without a loving and supportive partner, that wasn’t going to work for me. I chose me and I would choose me again."
"It’s your life. It’s your choice," she concluded. Ireland decided to share her life's story with others now hoping to make women feel "supported and loved." She went on to speak about the toll the rape incident had on her life. "I was completely unconscious when it happened and it changed the course of the rest of my life," she shared, adding that she did not tell anyone about the abuse for years.
"The only person who knew was a nurse that treated me shortly after. And I didn't even tell my own boyfriend at the time. Not my parents, no one," she shared, adding how keeping the secret "hurt" a lot and she "lost control of my life."
"I drank a lot more, I partied a lot more, I self-medicated. I was in other abusive and toxic relationships and friendships" to distract herself. Reflecting on what her life would have been today if she didn't have access to abortion, she shared, "Mind you, I have medical resources, money, and support that a lot of women do not have access to. "It would have simply been traumatizing and impossible."
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