Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sherri Shepherd speaks on having 'several abortions'

View co-host and stand up comedienne Sherri Shepard revealed intimate details about her previous pregnancies on TV today.  Sherri a mother of one, admitted to having several abortions back in the day. The topic came up when the women of The View discussed a controversial new Texas law that requires women to have sonograms before having an abortion. The law mandates doctors to show women sonogram images, play fetal heartbeats and describe features of fetuses. Fighting back tears Sherri said. “I’m speaking as a girl who had a lot of abortions and I swear to God, if they had shown me a picture of the fetus… I would have put my child in a lot of situations that wouldn’t have been good because I didn’t have the mental capacity to deal with having a child.”On one hand I commend Sherri for having the courage to speak out about such a taboo subject but I couldn't help wonder what circumstances lead to her terminating several pregnancies. How could she put herself in the same situation over and over again?

My stance on abortion is self admittedly fuzzy. I find my self going back and forth with the idea of allowing a woman to have free will in deciding what she wants to do with her body.  But one on the flip side, I struggle with the idea of ending a pregnancy and wonder what the implications would be on the mind, body and spirit. To be honest having several abortions seems excessive to me. Abortion should never be used as a method of birth control, one or two slip ups.. I possibly understand but having several abortions signals a larger underlying issue.

To be fair, when we address the topic of abortion we never really fully think about the repercussions of having the procedure. In previous conversations I've had with women that have had the harrowing experience of terminating their pregnancies, they reveal tales of despair, hopelessness and mind numbing pain. The shame that  surrounds abortion has been around for centuries. This dark cloud of secrecy makes it even more difficult for some women to discuss it with their friends and family members making it an even more isolating experience. This idea of having women see the fetuses seems nothing short of brutal and barbaric. We shouldn't punish women that choose to have abortions, this is one of the oldest practices on this earth. To that end, I believe the entire abortion industry or practice should be re-addressed and amended. Let's take away the red tape and discuss abortion openly without judgment.

What are your thoughts on abortion? Pro or con?

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