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'I Want Other Women To Feel Supported': Ireland Baldwin Opens Up About Being Raped As A Teen, Having Abortion Later In Life
Ireland Baldwin opens up about her own personal history following the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision to overturn 1973's Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed abortion rights across the U.S.
Ireland Baldwin is opening up about being raped as a teenager and choosing to have an abortion later in life in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Baldwin shared the personal stories in a TikTok video she posted on Sunday with the caption, “I’m here for you ♥️.”
“I’ve seen countless TikToks in the last 24 hours where women are telling other women that it is their responsibility to share their abortion story and I find that to be invasive and wrong and just simply not true," she said. “I am only now sharing my story because I want other women to feel supported and loved whether they want to share their own or not.”
Baldwin began by sharing a traumatic account of being raped as a teenager, when she was “completely unconscious.”
“It changed the course of the rest of my life,” she said in the candid video. “I never told anyone at the time, not for years. The only person who knew was a nurse that treated me shortly after and I didn’t even tell my own boyfriend at the time, um, not my parents, no one.”
Baldwin said she “harbored so much pain and so much guilt” in the years that followed that she “spiraled" and lost control of her life.
“I drank a lot more, I partied a lot more, I self-medicated. I was in other abusive and toxic relationships and friendships. I pretty much just did everything I could to distract myself,” she said.
Baldwin said the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision Friday to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that granted women the right to receive an abortion in every state, brought the experience to the forefront of her mind once again.
“Seeing so many other brave women share their stories got me thinking what my life would have been like if I had become pregnant and if I had to raise a baby during everything I was going through at the time,” she said, acknowledging that she had “medical resources, money and support” that other women do not have.
Yet, even with those advantages, Baldwin said it “would have simply been traumatizing and impossible” to have had a baby at the time.
Baldwin said she did become pregnant while in a relationship later in life.
“At that point in time, I would say we were very unhappy together and he made it pretty clear that he never wanted kids or marriage,” she said. “He barely wanted to be in a serious relationship.”
She made the decision to terminate the pregnancy as a result of her own personal experiences.
“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 said, referring to her famous parents Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin.
The actors married in 1993 and went through a bitter divorce in 2002 that often left Ireland Baldwin in the middle.
Basinger opened up about the “heavy-duty, very out-loud-when-you’re-in-the-public divorce,” recently in an April episode of “Red Table Talk,” appearing on the Facebook Watch show alongside her daughter.
“And [Ireland] had to go through that very rough time,” she said, adding she and her ex didn’t always see “eye to eye.”
Basinger said that now, years later, “we’re all fine and we all get along” but the phase had been difficult for Ireland.
In her video message Sunday, Ireland said when she discovered herself pregnant in an unhealthy relationship, she made the decision to get an abortion.
“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 going to work for me,” she said.
She went on to say that she made the decision at the time that she felt was best for her.
“I chose me and I would choose me again,” she said. “It’s your life. It’s your choice.”