Cheryl Burke is sharing her story.
Burke, 38, spoke out on the US Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade clear on Friday, solemnly revealing in a new TikTok video that she had an abortion when she was 18.
the dancing with the stars pro spoke about her experience, saying, “I’m saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavily on my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18. If it wasn’t for places like Planned Parenthood, being a mom and I wouldn’t have been a great mom and I definitely wouldn’t be sitting here with you today.”
“They are taking away women’s rights, our bodies, our freedom. Our bodies have nothing to do with anyone else, right? This is a decision we have to make,” she added.
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She explained in the video that she decided to have an abortion at a time in her life where she was “going through a really big transition.”
“I was practicing safe sex. I was using protection and I was on birth control and it–it happens,” she said. “I was two weeks pregnant when I had the abortion. I remember coming to Planned Parenthood with picketers with anti-abortion signs and that was just traumatic. But on top of everything, the whole process is traumatic and the fact that you’re now making it illegal for us, As women, let’s make this decision about our own bodies, it’s absolutely insane.”
Burke added: “It’s nobody’s business and I’m honestly happy I made that decision. I have no regrets, no shame behind it. I chose to share it now, but that doesn’t mean there was no shame.”
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The Supreme Court announced its decision to overturn Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 ruling that gives women the constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday morning, leaving the power to allow or prohibit abortions to the individual states that make up the US.
“We hold that Roe and Casey should be set aside,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.”
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“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the abortion issue to the elected representatives of the people,” Alito wrote. Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett backed the proposed 78-page ruling. Three of the judges listed were appointed by former US President Donald Trump.
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Other celebrities, including queer eyes Jonathan Van Ness, Hailey Bieber and Tracee Ellis Ross commented on the ruling on Friday amid large-scale protests.
“This is about controlling bodies and keeping people in systemic poverty for generations. It is heartbreaking that this personal medical decision was made by people who force their evangelical beliefs on all of us,” Van Ness tweeted.
Former first lady Michelle Obama also reacted to the news in a statement posted on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, saying she was “heartbroken.”
“I am heartbroken that we may now be destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe became the law of the land, a time when women risked losing their lives by having illegal abortions,” she wrote in part.
“When we don’t understand our history, we are doomed to repeat their mistakes,” she continued, adding links to Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women Reproductive Justice Hub for those looking to take action.