Ireland Baldwin bravely shares her story despite the Supreme Court's decision not to uphold Roe v. Wade.

Ireland said, "I am now sharing my story because other women need to feel loved and supported." "I am not here to tell my story today.

I was raped as a teenager and was completely unaware of when it occurred. It changed the course and direction of my entire life.

Ireland said that her trauma caused her to drink more, party more, and use self-medicating. I was also in abusive and toxic friendships. I did all I could to distract myself.

Ireland said that her trauma caused her to drink more, party more, and use self-medicating. I was also in abusive and toxic friendships. I did all I could to distract myself.

She said, Seeing other brave women sharing their stories got me thinking about how my life would have turned out if I had become pregnant and had to have a child during all that I was going through. 

Mind you, I have the financial resources, medical support, and money that many women don't have. It would have been too traumatizing and impossible.

Ireland then Flash forward to another time in my life, when I had a boyfriend and became pregnant. We were unhappy at that time. He also stated that he didn't want children or marriage. 

He was not interested in being in a long-term relationship. Because I was a victim of the hateful nature of two people, I decided to have an abortion.

She said, "Could I have had that child and put him up for adoption?" Maybe. Perhaps not. I didn't choose to have my own financial 

security and be a mother without a supportive, loving partner. I chose me and I would choose to do it again. It's your life.