In an op-ed published by The Daily Beast on Monday, actress Milana Vayntrub described killing her baby 10 years ago and warned about a “dystopian” future in which Roe v. Wade is overturned.
The actress on NBC’s “This Is Us” called the death of her unborn child a “beautifully boring experience” and said that, after finding out she was pregnant, she “immediately knew the right thing to do was to have an abortion.”
In the piece, she described being in labor with her son and how that “birth was bearable because I had chosen it.”
“I could only manage the nausea, pain, and expenses (financial and emotional) of pregnancy because I wanted a child,” she wrote, adding “how imprisoning it would be to go through this if I didn’t choose it..”
Unfortunately — terrifyingly — this isn’t some far-off dystopian thought experiment,” she wrote. In 2021 alone, 600 abortion restrictions were introduced across the country; 90 were enacted into law. That’s more than any year since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. And right now, the Supreme Court is deliberating a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.”
These pro-life laws are “racist and classist,” according to Vayntrub, who described her experience getting pregnant with her boyfriend after she “missed a day or two of my birth control.”
“I immediately knew the right thing to do was to have an abortion. There was no handwringing, no confusion, no sleepless nights,” she wrote.
“I’ve always had a strong moral compass — the kind that sets off blaring sirens and flashing red lights in my chest if I feel like I’m doing something wrong.
“In this case, all was silent. My compass pointed very clearly in the direction of not bringing a child into the world that I did not want and could not care for.”
Vayntrub called upon readers to call upon the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify the right to abortion in federal law.
While the bill passed the House of Representatives, it’s unlikely to clear the Senate.
Even if the nuclear option is invoked to do away with the filibuster, Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey has voted for pro-life legislation in the past, according to NPR — likely depriving the Democrats of all 50 of their votes needed to secure passage.
Nevertheless, Vayntrub expressed her gratitude at the “boring” experience she had killing her first child.
“For so many reasons, I am grateful for the beautifully boring abortion I had and the essential health care I received. Mainly because today, I can show up for my little person with open arms knowing I’ve chosen our life together,” she wrote.