On her ”Sorry Not Sorry” podcast, actress Alyssa Milano talks about two abortions she had when she was younger, then rails against female sexual oppression by men.
Milano, who said she was on birth control and Accutane (a drug known to cause severe birth defects) at the time she got pregnant, said “I was in love for the first time in the breathless way you can only be in love when you are young. It was huge — overwhelming even. It filled every part of living and it was a joyful and exciting and powerful time in my life.”
“I still got pregnant,” she said. “It was devastating. I was raised Catholic and was suddenly put in conflict with my faith — a faith I was coming to realize empowered only men to make every single decision of what was allowed and what was not allowed. I had a career and a future and potential.”
Milano says the pregnancy filled her with crippling anxiety, so she had an abortion. A few months later, she found herself in the same predicament.
“I refuse to let anyone else’s bullshit morality to force me into a life of pre-marital celibacy. I refuse to live in the narrative that sexual pleasure is for men and that women exist to deliver that pleasure,” she said. “Nobody will say that he was at fault for enjoying sex with me, but you can be damned sure that the men enacting these laws think less of me for deriving the same pleasure from him.”
She then said without abortion, her life would have had limits and ”completely lacking all its great joys. I would never had been free to be myself — and that’s what this fight is all about: freedom.”
What a sad way to look at things. She has no idea how her life would have turned out if she’d gone through with the pregnancies. Who knows, those two children could have also become “great joys” in her life if she’d given them a chance.