Abortion is one of the most controversial and politically divisive issues in the country. For Renee Bracey Sherman, however, it was “one of the best decisions” she ever made.
Sherman, whose story was profiled in a video for Fusion, unexpectedly got pregnant when she was 19 years old, and soon decided that she wasn’t ready to bring a child into the world and become a mother. In the video, Sherman, a self-described “cat lady,” explains that her decision to terminate her pregnancy afforded her opportunities that she would have otherwise missed.
“I was afraid to tell my family,” Sherman reveals in the video. “I wanted to pretend like I wasn’t one of ‘those girls.' I didn’t want to fall into society’s statistics and stereotypes, and I didn’t want to be a disappointment to my parents.”
Although her mother was unable to be at the clinic and support her, Sherman says was “thankful” that she was given plenty of support and tools by her mother that helped her in making the difficult decision to abort.
Huffington Post featured Sherman’s story, and the reaction from readers was mixed.
“It's an individual's choice and their choice alone," one reader posted. "Get over it people."
“Her baby is dead," another said. "How dare that child choose to be conceived he or she deserved to be murdered in the womb because of being "inconvenient." We need to stop the slaughter of innocents."
Despite the constant controversy that has surrounded the issue of abortion for years in the U.S., Sherman, who is now a reproductive justice and storytelling advocate, said she ultimately made the decision that was best for her and for the course of her life.
“I haven’t once regretted it,” the young woman says. “It allowed me to change paths. It was one of the best decisions of my life, and I’m happy.”
Hear Sherman’s story below.