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Ireland Baldwin Opens Up About Having Two Abortions, One After Being Raped as a Teen | "It's Your Choice. I Chose Me"

Ireland Baldwin Opens Up About Having Two Abortions, One After Being Raped as a Teen | "It's Your Choice. I Chose Me"

"I chose to get an abortion because I know exactly what it felt like to be born between two people who hated each other," she shared.

Trigger warning: This story mentions sexual assault which readers may find disturbing.

Ireland Baldwin admitted to having two abortions, one due to sexual assault and the other during a previous relationship. The 26-year-old model revealed in a TikTok video, "I don't feel that it is anyone's responsibility to talk about this if they don't feel comfortable." Her video comes after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and devolve control over abortion to the states. She added, "I am only now sharing my story because I want other women to feel supported and loved, whether they want to share their own or not."



 

 

Baldwin said that her first abortion occurred after she was sexually assaulted as a teenager while she was "unconscious", and that she kept the incident a secret at the time, reports PEOPLE. Baldwin remained silent about what had transpired at the time and for many years. She said, "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 continued, "I drank a lot more, I partied a lot more, I self-medicated, I was in other abusive and toxic relationships and friendships. I pretty much just did everything I could to distract myself."



 

 

She further said, "Seeing so many other brave women share their stories got me thinking what my life would have been like if I had become pregnant and if I had to raise a baby during everything I was going through at the time." She added, "Mind you, I have medical resources, money and support that a lot of women do not have access to. It would've simply been traumatizing and impossible."

She said that while in a relationship that has now ended, she subsequently became pregnant. She explained, "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 added, "I chose to get an abortion because I know exactly what it felt like to be born between two people who hated each other," per TODAY.



 

 

Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, who are both actors, got married in 1993 and divorced when Ireland was seven. Ireland said, "Could I have had that baby and put that baby up for adoption? Maybe. Maybe not." She continued, "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." She said, "I chose me, and I would choose me again. It's your life, it's your choice."

Many women have shared their personal stories on social media since Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that upheld abortion as a constitutional right, was overturned. This move threatens the autonomy of women on their own bodies across the country, with many states already moving legislation to ban abortion altogether.

References:

https://www.tiktok.com/@irelandshmireland/video/7113578566067096878?

https://people.com/health/ireland-baldwin-reveals-she-was-raped-as-a-teenager-abortion-story-roe-v-wade-overturned/

https://www.today.com/parents/parents/ireland-baldwin-abortion-teen-rape-tiktok-rcna35541

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