With no possible way to back up her statement, actor and activist Alyssa Milano recently claimed her life would be “lacking all its great joys” if she hadn’t chosen to terminate two of her pregnancies in 1993, when she was in her early 20s.
“My life would be completely lacking all its great joys,” she said on a recent episode of “Sorry Not Sorry,” her podcast, according to Yahoo Entertainment. “I would never had been free to be myself — and that’s what this fight is all about: freedom.”
In recent months, Milano has become a leading advocate for abortion access and has made a name for herself opposing President Donald Trump.
The former “Charmed” star explained she terminated the two pregnancies, which occurred back-to-back, when she “was in love for the first time in the breathless way you can only be in love when you are young.” She went on to describe her romance with the undisclosed man as “huge — overwhelming even. It filled every part of living. It was a joyful and exciting and powerful time in my life.”
Milano was on birth control at the time because she knew she was “not ready” to be a mother at that point in her life. She was also taking an acne-fighting medication, Accutane, which is known to cause birth defects during pregnancy—patients taking it are required to use birth control. Nevertheless, the 46-year-old celebrity got pregnant — twice.
Explaining her decision to terminate two pregnancies, Milano said she was “not equipped to be a mother and so I chose to have an abortion. I chose. It was my choice. And it was absolutely the right choice for me.”
Many years after having two abortions just a handful of months apart, Milano said she would not have married her current husband, Dave Bugliari, or have the two children she has today: her son, who was born in 2011, and her daughter, born in 2014.
“I would not have my children — my beautiful, perfect, loving, kind [and] inquisitive children — who have a mother who was so very, very ready for them,” she claimed.
Much of what Milano is saying is probably true. Her life would look much different from the world she’s created for herself today if she had not chosen to terminate her pregnancies. But that doesn’t equate to a life absent of “great joys,” as she said.
In fact, Scripture describes children in much different language. According to the Bible, they should increase our joy — not steal it.
In Psalm 127, Solomon wrote: “Children are a gift from the Lord.”
There’s no doubt unforeseen pregnancies can be difficult. There are countless ways such an unexpected circumstance — no matter how good it might be — can upend your life. But abortion isn’t the right choice.
The Bible tells us all children are made in the image of God and carry with them innate value inseparable from their lives, no matter how young they may be. They are a gift, as Solomon said. If it’s not the right time for you to have a child, consider giving your baby up for adoption, because there are countless couples yearning to be parents who can’t conceive on their own.
For them, it is the right time.