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Cheryl Burke shares emotional abortion story and reveals she 'wouldn't be sitting here without it'


Cheryl Burke has revealed that she had an abortion at just 18 years old, posting a candid TikTok video on Friday.

Sharing her story, the Dancing With The Stars’ professional revealed that she ‘wouldn’t be sitting here without it’.

Following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade on Friday, the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed abortion rights throughout the country – the 38-year-old urged ‘we need to continue to fight’.

Opening up: Cheryl Burke, 38, has shared her emotional teenage abortion story - revealing that she 'wouldn't be sitting here without it'

Opening up: Cheryl Burke, 38, has shared her emotional teenage abortion story – revealing that she ‘wouldn’t be sitting here without it’

Opening up about her own story in the three minute video, the dancer solemnly explained: ‘I am saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavy in my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18’

‘If it wasn’t for places liked planned parenthood, I would be a mother. And I wouldn’t have been a great mother and I definitely wouldn’t be sitting here with you today.’

Cheryl explained that she fell pregnant as a teenager despite using birth control, and opted to have an abortion when she was two weeks pregnant.

Teenage: She shared that she had an abortion at just 18 years old, in a candid TikTok video posted on Friday

Teenage: She shared that she had an abortion at just 18 years old, in a candid TikTok video posted on Friday

Saddened: Opening up about her own story in the three minute video, the dancer solemnly explained: 'I am saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavy in my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18'

Saddened: Opening up about her own story in the three minute video, the dancer solemnly explained: ‘I am saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavy in my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18’

Noting the ‘traumatic’ experience, she explained that when going for the abortion, she was met with protesters outside the venue.

The dancer described the Supreme Court’s decision as ‘taking away women’s rights’, continuing: ‘Our bodies, our freedom, our bodies have nothing to do with anybody else, right? This is a decision that we have to make’.

‘The fact that you’re making it illegal for us women to make a decision about our own bodies, is absolutely insanity. What world do we live in today? It is nobody’s business.’

Emotional: In the caption, she referenced the Roe v. Wade decision - admitting she was saddened

Emotional: In the caption, she referenced the Roe v. Wade decision – admitting she was saddened

Shocked: 'The fact that you're making it illegal for us women to make a decision about our own bodies, is absolutely insanity. What world do we live in today? It is nobody's business'

Shocked: ‘The fact that you’re making it illegal for us women to make a decision about our own bodies, is absolutely insanity. What world do we live in today? It is nobody’s business’

Continuing that she was happy with her decision, Cheryl said she had ‘no regrets’ and ‘no shame behind it’.

‘What if you get raped? What if you get molested? What if it’s unwanted in general? Now that women has to live with all that trauma? This is ridiculous. I’m so upset, i’m so saddened and I feel like this is a personal attack because of my experience,’ she explained.

Reaching out to ‘all the women out there’, she said: ‘We need to continue to fight, we shouldn’t stop fighting for our rights as women’.

Keep fighting: Reaching out to 'all the women out there', she said: 'We need to continue to fight, we shouldn't stop fighting for our rights as women'

Keep fighting: Reaching out to ‘all the women out there’, she said: ‘We need to continue to fight, we shouldn’t stop fighting for our rights as women’

Shift in law: The power to set abortion laws has now reverted to the states, 13 of which already had 'trigger' abortion bans on the books ready to take effect when Roe was gone

Shift in law: The power to set abortion laws has now reverted to the states, 13 of which already had ‘trigger’ abortion bans on the books ready to take effect when Roe was gone

Fighting back: And protests across the country have taken place, with protesters gathering at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles to show their thoughts

Fighting back: And protests across the country have taken place, with protesters gathering at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles to show their thoughts

The power to set abortion laws has now reverted to the states, 13 of which already had ‘trigger’ abortion bans on the books ready to take effect when Roe was gone.

According to the BBC, an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas shut it’s doors as soon as the court’s decision was announced – as Arkansas is a state with a trigger law allowing an instant ban.

‘No matter how hard we prepare for bad news, when it finally hits, it hits hard. Having to call these patients and tell them Roe v Wade was overturned is heartbreaking,’ nurse Ashli Hunt told the outlet.

President Joe Biden described the ruling as ‘a tragic error’, as protests have broken out across the country over the news. 

Free abortion: President Joe Biden described the ruling as 'a tragic error', as signs demanded 'free abortion on demand'

Free abortion: President Joe Biden described the ruling as ‘a tragic error’, as signs demanded ‘free abortion on demand’

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