This Olympic sprinter had an abortion two weeks before winning a gold medal
No matter who you are, abortion is a touchy subject. Even if women have had them, most donâ€™t make a habit of talking about them in public, especially if theyâ€™re famous in any way.
But in her memoir â€œChasing Grace,â€ track and field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross reveals she had an abortion two weeks before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the 400m sprint.
Recently in an interview with Sports Illustrated Now, Sanya revealed her story isnâ€™t all that unique for track and field athletes.
Well, the gold medal part is, but not the abortion part.
Rarely is a woman’s decision to get an abortion ever easy, but back in 2008, Sanya had a very strong reason why she needed to get one.
Even though she was engaged to be married, the timing was off. Athletes train their entire careers for a shot at Olympic gold and she didnâ€™t want to give up â€œthe culmination of a lifetime of work.”
But speaking with Sports Illustrated Now, Sanya revealed that even though female athletes donâ€™t talk about it often, â€œI literally donâ€™t know another female track and field athlete who hasnâ€™t had an abortion.â€
She explains that part of the reason why so many female athletes get abortions is because they donâ€™t want go to on birth control because theyâ€™re afraid of gaining weight.
â€œAs an athlete, you want to stay as fit and healthy as possible,â€ Sanya explained. â€œAnd then people tell you, â€˜when youâ€™re extremely fit you canâ€™t get pregnant because our cycles are shorter.â€™ So thereâ€™s a lot of miseducation that happens to young women in college because weâ€™re educating ourselves.â€
If this isnâ€™t a public service announcement for the importance of honest sex education, we donâ€™t know what is.
[H/T The Cut]