The website FiveThirtyEight posted a strangely timed, Christmas Day tweet asking readers to submit their abortion stories, an effort to “include the voices of people who have had abortions” amid shifting cultural tides.
“Do you have an abortion story?” the message read. “We want to hear from you.”
Do you have an abortion story? We want to hear from you. https://t.co/y6rFyFfnHt— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) December 25, 2021
FiveThirtyEight included a link to an article that explained the public call for these stories, noting that increased restrictions on abortion — and the Supreme Court’s impending ruling on the Mississippi case — are fueling intrigue in personal, post-abortive journeys.
“Over the past decade, access to abortion in America has changed dramatically. There are fewer clinics and more restrictions,” the text read, in part. “And now it seems likely that the Supreme Court will limit the right to abortion even further. As we document the impact of these shifts, we want to include the voices of people who have had abortions in the U.S.”
Despite seeking stories from people who have aborted unborn babies over the past decade, the tweet sparked a flood of pro-life messages and stories, as Live Action noted.
Men and women shared their harrowing ordeals, refusals to abort unborn children, and other inspirational tidbits, offering uplifting reasons why keeping and saving babies positively changed everything.
My baby was diagnosed with Myleomeningocele Spina Bifida at 19 weeks and was told he would never walk. Asked to abort 6 times. Glad I opted for fetal repair surgery instead. I don’t even want to imagine a life without him. https://t.co/GKSHvxWeXA pic.twitter.com/gSENCa3a8l— Becky (@beckyrichter7) January 4, 2022
“My baby was diagnosed with Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida at 19 weeks and was told he would never walk,” @beckyrichter7 wrote. “Asked to abort 6 times. Glad I opted for fetal repair surgery instead. I don’t even want to imagine a life without him.”
Republican Minnesota State Senator Julia Coleman also posted her story. “Yes. Doctors said I could save James if I killed Charles,” she tweeted along with an adorable photo of both of her babies. “Here they are this morning!”
Yes. Doctors said I could save James if I killed Charles. Here they are this morning! https://t.co/GbFWEe7l2w pic.twitter.com/DsebU1tdFL— Julia Coleman (@JuliaEColeman) January 4, 2022
That’s only the beginning of the incredible testimonies. Take a look at some of the other powerful stories and takes:
Mom’s doctor told her about a possible birth defect I could have been born with, wheelchair-bound for my entire life. He asked my mom twice if she would like to abort. Thankfully she thought he was crazy and that abortion is murder. https://t.co/Mti4aHOOC8— ᴊᴏᴇ (@traddingtonbear) December 28, 2021
Doctor was concerned that my mom’s last child was going to be born with Down’s Syndrome, recommended that she abort the baby. Well, look what the Lord did…I was born 100% healthy, no issues except a small hole in my ear that closed within days. Now, I’m a priest. 😇 https://t.co/XQjFsdgQi7— Fr. Tom Pringle (@FrTomPringle) December 27, 2021
This account tastefully posed this question on Christmas, the day celebrating the birth of Christ, but the replies are wonderful stories of courage and joy. Huzzah! https://t.co/NmxQ3cvzIY— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) December 27, 2021
Yes, my wife told me she was pregnant, we had a choice to abort or keep the baby. She’s now 3-years-old and loves life, we’re thinking of having another. I had no idea how to be a dad as my mother raised me alone. Married 7-years. Thank God we stayed the course. https://t.co/XsGYauatps pic.twitter.com/tvq4vrhGcZ— Brandon Holthaus (@RealHoltzy) December 27, 2021
My SIL was told by her doctor their baby would have Down syndrome and he wanted to schedule an abortion. Proudly stated he hadn’t had any Down syndrome babies born on his watch. She was horrified. Kept baby (perfectly healthy) and switched to midwives for the other pregnancies. https://t.co/w3t5jRXaWN— Harm Kelly (@KellyCreekDairy) December 27, 2021
She turns 18 on the 1st of January. That’s the story. https://t.co/FeM4C5ax3q— Kristin (@Sodangfancy100) December 27, 2021
The aforementioned stories and replies only scratch the surface of what was shared, as there are hundreds of additional comments and beautiful testimonies on the thread. See them all here.
Some critics like “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress Patricia Heaton noted the unfortunate holiday timing of the FiveThirtyEight tweet, yet relished in the powerful, pro-life responses.
“This account tastefully posed this question on Christmas, the day celebrating the birth of Christ,” Heaton tweeted. “But the replies are wonderful stories of courage and joy. Huzzah!”
The entire ordeal is reflective of the truth seen in Genesis 50:20. In that Scripture, Joseph speaks to his brothers who sold him into slavery and wrote him off.
Their acts, he said, were meant to fuel evil, but instead sparked goodness.
“You intended to harm me,” Joseph proclaimed. “But God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Thanks to the many people who so openly shared their deep and personal stories.
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