In light of the recent passing of abortion ban laws in Alabama, people have been sharing their own experiences with abortion. The laws restrict abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. It's important to remember that reproductive rights are not just women's rights; non-binary people and trans men can also get pregnant. The language we use when discussing such issues is critical in ensuring that people's lives and experiences do not get overlooked.
Many people have shared their experiences with abortion as a way to show what a terrible impact these laws will have. This story, by Twitter user @meowmeowmeow07 has gone viral; with many people sending support and commending Brie for their bravery.
When I was 17 years old, I had a boyfriend. The second time we ever had sex, he poked a hole into his condom behind my back. This resulted in my pregnancy.— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
I was 17 years old. I was terrified. After a store bought pregnancy test showed I was positive I went to my boyfriends (1)
screamed with glee and told me that he had intentionally gotten me pregnant so he could “lock me in” because he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
I was confused & scared. I didn’t know how to act. I was 17 years old. My friend urged me to go to a women’s clinic (2)
to make sure. Little did we know that this “women’s clinic” was owned by Christians. They proceeded to tell me that if I killed my baby, I would be a murderer, and murderers go to hell. I was 17 years old.— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
My friend took my hand and dragged me out of that clinic (3)
In order for me to get the procedure as a 17 year old without parental consent, I had to go in front of a judge who would grant me my rights to an abortion as long as I wasn’t using it as a means for birth control. I was granted my rights.— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
I took the day off of school and my(4)
friend drove me to the abortion clinic. This procedure took all of 5 minutes. There was no baby to remove and dismantle. There wasn’t even a fetus. It was an embryo that took 5 minutes and no blood shed to remove.— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
I went home and through confusion, a lot of tears and pure (5)
support from my friend, I tried to continue on with my 17 year old life. Shortly after I had time to think about what had actually happened, I broke up with him. He proceeded to pull a knife on me, but he cut his wrists instead.— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
He said if he can’t have me, he doesn’t want (6)
to live. I was 17 years old. My parents who found out about my abortion and what he had done to me banned him from my house. For 10 years after, he stalked me. He showed up at my work. He knew how to get my new cell phone number I constantly had to change because of him. (7)— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
Brie could breathe a sigh of relief.
It was only when the police arrested him for stalking that he left me alone. I thank God everyday that I don’t have his child. That he wasn’t allowed to “lock me in.” He is a psychopath and I would hate myself if I had brought an actual living and breathing child into this (8)— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
world with him as their father. I believe he would have killed us.— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
I’ve never spoken on this publicly. It has caused me pain and embarrassment, but if my story helps one person out there, then that means more to me than my pain. This is bigger than I am. (9)
To the girls and women in Ohio, Georgia and Alabama and more states to come, I am with you. I will never stop fighting for your rights as a HUMAN. Stay strong and never be ashamed of who you are and what you do with your own body. (10)— Brie 🐶 (@meowmeowmeow07) May 15, 2019
I also had a very toxic bf that got me pregnant(not nearly as bad as your story). I’m so glad I didn’t bring a kid into the world where we constantly fought and made each other feel like shit. I was also way too young. A kid myself. We need our rights!— local scrub (@spilled100beers) May 16, 2019
People even shared their own transition from being pro-life to pro-choice.
i second that ... this is comming from someone who was a die hard prolife beliver(not cuz god but because my mother was raped and Me the result of it)didn't like the idea i may not have been here... but i'm a lot older now and feel no one owns anyone's body,let God deal with it— Escaping The Lies (@Midnightmonstah) May 16, 2019
girl, don’t feel badly. i went through something similar but i was 32!! even grown women, who are already mothers, are deceived in to pregnancy. thank god for abortions. you are stronger than you realize.— scarlet begonia (@reheatmycoffee) May 16, 2019
If you’re pro life please read this. Thank you so much for sharing your story. That took a lot of courage and I’m happy you had the opportunity to exercise your legal right. It’s your body and your life you should be able to control it #ProChoice— Alexa Mazyck (@alexaTmazyck) May 17, 2019
1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 15, 2019
The #youknowme hashtag contains a lot of deeply powerful testimonials but it just kills me that every time something awful is happening, women have to air out their traumas to make you see us as people.— Ashley (@ashleyfahs) May 16, 2019
Clearly not pro-life in all cases then.
Let me point out that Alabama and Missouri have passed these bills stating it is to preserve ALL life. Yet, both states still have and use the death penalty. Alabama has an execution scheduled for today. It's not about life. It's about control and religion. #YouKnowMe— Denise Nystrom (@NotDorothy) May 16, 2019
#YouKnowMe is brave and amazing, just like #MeToo - but it is another example of women having to re-traumatize themselves or relive their hardest moment to explain that WE MATTER. Abortion is an easy decision for some but incredibly hard for others. We shouldn't have to do this.— Ipsita Sen (@nesatispi) May 15, 2019