The news broke yesterday that American sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross had an abortion two weeks before the Beijing Olympics. She regrets this and has said so publicly. I am really glad she has found healing and seems to be doing well. Here’s the thing: I don’t think it was any more or less dangerous for her to run with an early stage pregnancy than it was to run having had a surgical procedure. She felt she had to get rid of the baby in order to run–but was that the truth? Could the story have been that she won a gold and a bronze as a mother? Why wouldn’t that have been possible? For an early stage pregnancy it could be.
Abortion is a final act. Keeping a child presents some sacrifice, yes, but many more choices, to use that much loved word. You get additional choices, without the remorse and regret that is so common for women who have abortions. Friends don’t let friends–even Olympic athlete friends–get abortions.