It’s often said religion and politics are the two topics most shouldn’t discuss in public.
“I actually found out I was pregnant because my dog started acting sort of weird and being very protective of my mid-section,” said URGE and WHO’s Jordyn Close.
But Jordyn Close isn’t most people.
“There wasn’t even like a passing doubt in my mind I was like I’m getting an abortion. I was 18 I was living in Bellefontaine at the time.
I did a surgical abortion. I was about 11 weeks along. I talked to my doctor about my favorite restaurants the whole time. It was like a 5-minute procedure,” she said.
With humor instead of sadness, she’s as serious about abortion as anyone at the center of the abortion debate.
Today she works with URGE, or Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity as well as the organization Women Have Options.
She says she got involved after growing tired of hearing the same old lines. So as a new generation of pro-choice advocates she’s flipping the script.
“No one should be not proud about their abortion. I’m very proud about my abortion. I’m proud to do the work that I do,” said Close.
The ending to this script is as different as the women themselves who’ve had abortions and are now talking about them.
Women like Marisa Jeronimo. She says having two abortions is what eventually led her to God and her mission to help young women.
“We can’t kill a child before coming because it’s God’s way, not our way,” said Jeronimo
Jeronimo says she had her first abortion at 18 and her second at 21.
“At that time I felt alone,” she said.
Today at 51 she looks back, but not with sadness or regret.
“When I look back with all the situation, of course you can’t change but you can change other people’s lives now and on,” she said.
Two women who may share a common experience but who share it for 2 very different reasons.