On the May 9 episode of the VH1 reality show, 'What Chilli Wants', TLC hip hop girl group member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas opened up about her abortion.
In the video Chilli described aborting at age 20 for unfortunately common reasons, because she "didn't have the support" and "was so scared."...
This was also at the beginning of her musical career, she said, and she didn't know how she could do both it and motherhood.
So Chilli opted to "not have it" (couldn't say "abortion"), which turned out to be "one of the biggest mistakes," because she "didn't want to do that."
Then Chilli began to describe what abortion proponents say doesn't exist, post abortive stress syndrome as a result of her abortion. "It messed me up," she said, "I don't know, it broke my spirit."
Chilli felt she lost her "strong self," and that she "gave in, broke to what someone else wanted." Obviously, she felt pressured to abort.
She said she began to break down, to cry "because I wasn't a mommy" - almost every day for almost 9 years.
Chilli doesn't talk about this in the video, but she indeed had a baby with Austin, son Tron, now ~13 years old, pictured right with her.
I very much appreciate Chilli's honesty.
It is brave women like her coming forward and sharing their painful, yet true and life changing stories that will help other women and bring awareness about the issue of abortion.