Ireland Baldwin has opened up about why she chose to have an abortion, saying having a child at that time in her life would have been “traumatising”.
The model and daughter of Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger shared the deeply personal message to TikTok in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s controversial repeal of Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that legalised abortion.
Opening the video, Baldwin, 26, tells viewers she rejects the idea that women need to share their abortion stories at all. (Watch above.)
“I don’t feel that it is anybody’s responsibility to talk about this if they don’t feel comfortable,” she says.
“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 prefaces her story with her own experience of sexual assault, which happened to her as a teenager, adding that while she does not wish to delve into the experience, it was one that “changed the course of the rest of [her] life.”
In reflecting on the reversal of Roe v. Wade, legislation that had been cemented in law since 1973 in order to enable access to safe abortions across the US for all American women, Baldwin says she realised how important her own abortion had been in her life.
“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,” Baldwin says.
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“Mind you, I have medical resources, money and support that a lot of women do not have access to. It would have simply been traumatising and impossible.”
Baldwin then shares the circumstances of when she fell pregnant with a boyfriend she was not happy with.
“Flash forward to another point in my life when I did have a boyfriend, and I did become pregnant,” she says.
“At that point in time, I would say we were very unhappy together … he made it clear that he never wanted kids or marriage. He barely wanted to be in a serious relationship.”
“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 adds, openly referring to the marriage between her parents Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, which ended in a bitter divorce in 2002.
“Could I have had that baby and put that baby up for adoption? Maybe. Maybe not,” Baldwin continues.
“But choosing to raise a baby without my own financial security, without a loving and supportive partner? That wasn’t gonna work for me.”
“I chose me, and I would choose me again,” she adds before telling her viewers, “It’s your life, it’s your choice.”
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