Democrat Congresswoman Cori Bush shared her abortion story publicly for the first time this fall to try to persuade Americans to support legalized abortion on demand.
But her story is full of heartbreak and tragedy — the opposite of convincing that aborting an unborn baby is something necessary and good for women.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the Missouri congresswoman said her abortion “was the beginning of a very, very dark period … the darkest period of my life.”
Yet, Bush told MSNBC that she once opposed abortion, but now she supports it and believes there is an “urgent need” to expand abortions across the U.S.
“I am not ashamed,” Bush wrote on Twitter. She and other pro-abortion lawmakers plan to advocate for abortion on demand Thursday during a House Oversight Committee hearing titled, “Examining the Urgent Need to Protect and Expand Abortion Rights and Access in the United States.”
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Pro-abortion lawmakers and activists like Bush often claim that abortions are necessary and empowering, that they are a basic right and health care. But the details of their stories betray these lies.
Bush aborted her unborn baby when she was 18 years old. Her pregnancy was the result of rape. She said she was on an overnight church trip when the young man, a leader in the church, sexually assaulted her.
She said all the girls had been “swooning over” the young man, and she felt pleased when he began showing her attention. He came to her hotel room, which she was sharing with another girl, and talked with her for a little while; then, he began taking her clothes off, she remembered.
“I just remember I was laying there and I just didn’t know what was happening…I couldn’t make it make sense,” she told Vanity Fair. Bush did not mention what happened to her roommate, whether she left the room before it happened or stayed silent while he abused her.
A few weeks later, she found out that she was pregnant. Already struggling in school, she said her parents’ dream of her going to Harvard University and becoming a political leader seemed impossible.
“Now, I have this baby,” she said.
Despite the abuse and her fears about disappointing her parents, Bush initially planned to have her baby. She said she decided not to go to college, and she began working full-time at her job to prepare.
But all that changed when she found out that her baby’s father would not support her or their child.
Here’s more from the interview:
Bush asked the mutual friend to share the news of her pregnancy with the man. After days of silence, the friend told her that he had just laughed. “So then I realized, Okay, I’m on my own with this thing,” she said. She found the phone number for a local clinic in the yellow pages and booked an appointment for an abortion and was told it would cost $328.
The abortion facility counselor treated her badly, she remembered.
“She was almost angry. The way she was speaking to me, it was very belittling and degrading. I didn’t know why she was directing all of that onto me,” Bush told Vanity Fair. “I felt like I wasn’t given an opportunity to make a decision.”
Bush said she wanted the counselor to tell her that she had options, that she could be a mother. Instead, the abortion worker pressured her to have an abortion, so she did.
Afterward, when Bush walked outside, she remembered seeing pro-life protesters and thinking that they would not help her if she chose life for her baby either – a false assumption perpetuated by the billion-dollar abortion industry that convinced her to pay them $328 to kill her unborn baby.
Bush’s abortion did not solve her problems. Quite the opposite, aborting her unborn baby left her numb “for quite a while. That was the beginning of a very, very dark period … That was the darkest period of my life.”
The congresswoman said she hopes that by being vulnerable and sharing her story, she will “be able to help someone else.”
But the trauma and pain in her story should help women do the opposite of what she is advocating for: It should encourage mothers to choose life for their babies.
Her story presents such a stark contrast to those shared by other rape survivors who chose life for their babies. Paula Peyton, for example, said her son’s life, though conceived in a brutal rape, has brought her “overwhelming joy.” Jennifer Christie, another mother who chose life after becoming pregnant to rape, said her son is a child of God, not a “rapist’s baby,” and it should not be considered amazing or unusual to refuse to kill an unborn baby just because circumstances are bad.
Bush’s story is not a story of victory or empowerment. Paula’s and Jennifer’s and countless other mothers’ who chose life for their unborn babies are. Their stories help women see the truth that they are strong enough and capable enough to be good mothers, even in the most difficult circumstances, and their babies’ lives are worth sacrificing for. Their stories also help women understand that they are not alone; the pro-life movement eager and willing to help them and their babies to grow and thrive.
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