Tampa Woman Live Blogs While Getting an Abortion
A Tampa woman, who goes by the name Angie Jackson on several online communities, is not afraid of controversy. "Jackson" calls herself the "Gwen Stefani of atheism" on social networking sites like YouTube.
Recently, Jackson learned that her birth control had failed and, as a mother of a four-year-old son with special needs, she decided to terminate the pregnancy.
It happens every day, but few people make it a point to publicly share their experience. Last Thursday, Jackson went to a Planned Parenthood in Tampa and obtained RU-486, also known as the abortion pill. She decided to chronicle her experience in detail on her Twitter page, YouTube channel and personal blog.
“I’m doing this so other women know, ‘Hey, it’s not nearly as terrifying as I had myself worked up thinking it was.’ It’s just not that bad,” Jackson said on her YouTube video.
"I had made a decision when my son was born to try to not get pregnant again, and if that failed I'd planned that I would get an abortion if I needed one," Jackson told ABCNews.com.
Jackson says she's shocked at the negative response she's been getting. Backlash from online posts and even threats to her family.
“I’ve just been astonished by the level of hatred and death threats and threats of violence against my son. It’s been a very ugly side of people to see,” she is quoted as saying.
The Family Research Council published a blog entry calling Jackson’s decision a “tragedy.”
“Supporting her decision to abort her baby unintentionally does a grave injustice to Angie, her unborn child, her son and even her boyfriend,” wrote FRC director Jeanne Monahan. “Abortion kills one person and wounds at least one additional person.”
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