Cheryl Burke shares first abortion story, says she ‘wouldn’t sit here’ without it

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Cheryl Burke shares her story.

Burke, 38, took her stance on the US Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision to reverse Roe v. Wade Friday, and solemnly revealed in a new TikTok video that she had an abortion when she was 18 years old.

The Dancing with the stars pro opened up about her experience, saying, “I am saddened by the news this morning and it weighs heavily on my heart because I had an abortion when I was 18 years old. If it weren’t for places like Planned Parenthood I would be a mother and I wouldn’t have been a great mother and I certainly wouldn’t be sitting here with you today.”

“You’re taking away women’s rights, our bodies, our freedom. Our bodies have nothing to do with anyone else, right? This is a decision we have to make,” she added.

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She explained in the video that she decided to have an abortion at a point in her life where she was “going through a really big transition.”

“I practiced safe sex. I used protection and I was on birth control and s–– happened,” she said. “I was two weeks pregnant when I had an abortion. I remember rolling into Planned Parenthood with Picketers with anti-abortion signs and that alone was traumatic. But on top of that, the whole process is traumatic and the fact that now, you’re making it illegal for us women to make this decision about our own bodies, it’s absolute madness.”

Burke added: “It’s nobody’s business and honestly I’m glad I made that decision. I don’t regret it, there’s no shame behind it. I chose to share it now, but that doesn’t mean that there is some shame.”

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The Supreme Court announced its decision to roll back Roe v. Wadethe 1973 ruling granting women the constitutional right to abortion, on Friday morning — leaving the power to allow or prohibit abortion to individual states that make up the U.S.

“We believe that Roe and Casey should be overruled,” Judge Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “The Constitution makes no mention of abortion, and such a right is not implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.”

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“It is time to respect the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people,” Alito wrote. Judges Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett supported the proposed 78-page ruling. Three of the judges named have been appointed by former US President Donald Trump.

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Other celebrities including: Queer Eyes Jonathan Van Ness, Hailey Bieber and Tracee Ellis Ross commented on the ruling on Friday amid widespread protests.

“This is about controlling bodies and keeping people in systemic poverty for generations. It’s heartbreaking that this personal medical decision has been made by people who are pushing their evangelical beliefs on all of us,” Van Ness tweeted.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama also responded to the news in a statement posted on both TwitterFacebook and Instagram, saying she was “heartbroken”.

“I am devastated that we are now destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before” roe was made the law of the land — a time when women were at risk of losing their lives undergoing illegal abortions,” she wrote in part.

“If we don’t understand our history, we are doomed to repeat its mistakes,” she continued, adding links to Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women Reproductive Justice Hub for those who want to take action.