Two mothers, two points of view: how these women became anti-abortion advocates

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Two mothers – one pro-choice, one pro-life – shared how they became advocates for the abortion debate.

Melissa Manion, a mother of four, grew up opposing abortion and doesn’t believe it’s ever the solution. She said she still felt emotional pain after having an abortion in her early twenties.

Nadia Hussain, seven months pregnant and mother of two, grew up with immigrant parents who struggled to avoid poverty. She became pro-choice in all cases after doing extensive research on abortion issues.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade, which removed abortion as a constitutional right and gave each state the power to decide its abortion laws. The decision sparked nationwide protests and occasional counter-protests.

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Melissa, pro-life supporter, and Nadia, pro-choice supporter, explain why they support their position. (Digital Fox News)

A pain that won’t go away

Manion, from Connecticut, said she grew up with the mantra “it’s a child, not a choice”.

“I always thought abortion was wrong,” Manion told Fox News.

So when she unexpectedly got pregnant at the age of 19, Manion knew she had to have the baby.

“Even though I was what probably would have been the star child of the abortion, I chose life for my current son who is 26,” Manion said. “It was definitely one of the biggest decisions of my life.”

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“It’s a life, and I had no right to choose to end it,” Manion added. “I showed that a teenager can have a child and be successful.”

But at 23, Manion was unexpectedly pregnant again. She said the father was initially supportive, but they soon started arguing. Manion visited a friend who had an abortion.

“The conversation changed and abortion was brought up as an option,” she told Fox News. She said that in “literally an instant” she decided to have an abortion.

“It was like 48 hours later I was driving to Boston and having an abortion,” Manion said.

“Apart from the things that happened that day that have literally haunted me for years, my struggle and why I feel the way I feel is not as simple as a choice,” he said. – she continued. “It doesn’t just go away. The child does, but the pain doesn’t go away.”

Manion said her fight in the political battle against abortion is to “prevent women from suffering needlessly”.

“For me, abortion is sadly presented as the easy way out,” Manion told Fox News.

“I believe we can do better than abortion for women,” she continued. “We can empower them to give life, not take life.”

“It’s Just Going Down That Rabbit Hole”

Hussain, unlike Manion, said she grew up not knowing what she thought about abortion because it was not discussed much in her home. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Hussain said she didn’t have much access to life experiences and started trying independently to learn more about the world.

“I started looking at a lot of facts,” Hussain, who now lives in New Jersey, told Fox News. “I wanted to know ‘what does the data say?'”

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Banning abortion “does not end abortion”, she added. “It only ends safe abortion access, choice and resources.”

Hussain also linked abortion bans to the maternal mortality rate.

“States that impose the toughest abortion bans have the worst maternal health outcomes,” she said.

The United States has the highest death rate among rich countries, according to UNICEF. States with the strictest abortion laws have the highest rates, Researchers from Tulane University found in 2021.

Activists flocked to the Supreme Court after Roe v.  Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022. (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)

Activists flocked to the Supreme Court after Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022. (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)

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“It’s not women being supported,” Hussain told Fox News. “No matter where people may be on a political range or a range of opinions, at the end of the day, there’s not enough support for moms.”

She pointed to the lack of affordable childcare and paid time off when children fall ill.

“I’m all for what’s going to support women and what’s going to lower abortion rates in the country,” Hussain said. “And it’s actually having the legal right to an abortion.”

Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, following the decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, following the decision to overturn Roe v Wade.
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Abortion rates have steadily declined over a 30-year period, but increased in 2020, with one in five pregnancies terminated, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

“Banning abortion comes first, then banning contraceptives,” Hussaid said. “So you’re not allowed to access plan B.”

“It’s just going down that rabbit hole,” she continued. “So there’s almost no choice even for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy childbirth that a woman can want.”

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