Actress Amy Brenneman: 'I Have Never, Not for One Moment, Regretted My Abortion'

Actress Amy Brenneman: 'I Have Never, Not for One Moment, Regretted My Abortion'

In an effort to sway public opinion on the Supreme Court abortion case to be heard today (March 2), actress Amy Brenneman has written a column for Cosmopolitan, stating that she doesn’t regret her abortion. reports that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt today. The case will determine whether a Texas law which placed restrictions on abortion clinics and is estimated to have saved the lives of more than 10,000 unborn children, will be upheld.

Brenneman spoke with former National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League president Nancy Keenan, asking Keenan why the pro-choice movement seems to be losing support while the pro-life movement seems to be gaining support.

“She answered with one simple word: ‘stories,’” Brenneman said. “This makes sense to me. I am a storyteller by trade, after all. I believe that we connect and learn by the specifics of stories, our own and others’.”

Brenneman’s story as written for Cosmopolitan is as follows:

"So here is my story.

In the spring of my junior year at Harvard, my period was late. I had been in a relationship for almost two years with a loving and supportive boyfriend. We used birth control, but it malfunctioned. When I learned I was pregnant, I knew immediately and without question that I wanted an abortion. I had no desire to be a mother at that time — I wanted to finish college and start my career.

We found a doctor in the yellow pages.  We went to his clean and respectable office. I had the procedure done with no pain; my boyfriend was with me the whole time. Afterward, I breathed huge sigh of relief and thought to myself, I get my life back! I was grateful that I lived in a country where forced birth was not the law of the land and where motherhood was not a lifelong consequence for a contraception slip.

I have never, not for one moment, regretted my abortion. My husband of 20 years and I became parents when we had built a home to nurture our children. Indeed, being a parent has only strengthened my commitment to reproductive justice as access to legal abortion allows children a fighting chance to be born into families that desire them and can support them.” notes that, while Brenneman is correct that stories are effective in influencing peoples’ views, she fails to understand that it is not only women’s stories that are powerful: the stories of all the unborn babies killed in abortions are also powerful, and what is more, we will never get to know what the stories of these 58 million aborted babies may have been.

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Publication date: March 2, 2016