Abortion- The Scarlet Letter

In February, five-time Olympic medalist Sanya Richards-Ross excitedly announced in People Magazine that she and former NFL cornerback Aaron Ross were expecting a child. 

However, she dropped a huge bomb on her fans at her memoir released on Tuesday about her previous pregnancy.
Ross explained in her memoir “Chasing Grace: What The Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life” that in 2008, right before the Olympics, she chose to have an abortion. 

She wrote in her book, “Everything I ever wanted seemed to be within reach. The culmination of a lifetime of work was right before me. In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all. The debate of when life begins swirled through my head and the veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me?”

“Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I’d wear. I was a champion — and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair,” she wrote.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, she revealed that she didn’t know of a female track athlete that didn’t have an abortion.

This statement didn’t go over well with some of the pro-lifers. Many slammed Sanya for pointing fingers at other female athletes instead of focusing on her issue. 

One user on youtube had this to say,

They believed she ultimately tried to justify her actions by declaring that she wasn’t the only one to commit this act.

Abortion has and will always be a subject that evokes great passion and strong arguments. While, many believe that ‘all life matters’ and ‘it’s a woman’s choice’, shouldn’t we acknowledge her strength to come forward and declare this publicly? Shouldn’t we admire the fact that she is willing to use her story to deter others from making the same mistake?

Frankly, I believe this is an eye opener into the world of Sports. As spectators, we are given tickets to the show, but what happens behind closed doors? What about the sacrifices they had to endure to keep us entertained and to achieve their dreams?

I may not agree with Mrs. Ross’ decision, but we are not the ones to cast judgment.

Do you think she threw her fellow athletes under the bus? If so, was she trying to justify her actions or is this solely for educating young women/female athletes as she stated in several interviews? Sound off in the comment section.

1 Comment

  1. Shannon
    January 11, 2018 / 4:40 am

    I had no idea about this, but based on what you’ve written and from my understanding, I don’t think she said it to be malicious. She was just trying to highlight that she wasn’t the first and probably wouldn’t be the last.
    In the same breath, when you’re in a position like this, you have to choose your words carefully, she might not have meant any harm in her utterances but generalizing the way she did, a backlash from some would be inevitable.

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