Ireland Baldwin Revealed Her Abortion Experience In A TikTok Where She Also Talked About Being Raped As A Teenager
"It's your life, it's your choice."
This story contains discussions of rape and sexual assault.
“I’m not here to tell this story today," she said, "but I was raped when I was a teenager, and I was completely unconscious when it happened, and it changed the course of the rest of my life.”
Ireland says that "for years" she didn't tell anyone about the incident, except for a nurse who treated her after it occurred, and that being raped continued to affect her life for years afterward.
“Seeing so many other brave women share their stories got me thinking what my life would have been like if I had become pregnant," Ireland explained, "and if I had to raise a baby during everything I was going through at the time."
She added, "Mind you, I have medical resources, money, and support that a lot of women do not have access to. It would have simply been traumatizing and impossible.”
Ireland also shared that, later in her life, she did become pregnant and chose to get an abortion.
"At that point in time, I would say we were very unhappy together," Ireland said about the relationship she was in when she got pregnant. "And he made it clear that he never wanted kids or marriage. He barely wanted to be in a serious relationship."
Ireland explained, "I chose to get an abortion because I know exactly what it felt like to be born between two people who hated each other.”
She continued, “Could I have had that baby and put that baby up for adoption? Maybe. Maybe not. But choosing to raise a baby without my own financial security, without a loving and supportive partner, that wasn’t gonna work for me."
Ireland concluded with, "I chose me, and I would choose me again. It’s your life, it’s your choice.”
Editor’s note: BuzzFeed supports a person’s right to an abortion. If you, like us, feel impassioned about abortion rights, learn more or find a local fund to donate to here.