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March 8th, 2010
09:14 AM ET

Woman Live Tweets Abortion

A Florida woman rocked the blogosphere when she decided to live tweet her abortion. After taking the RU-486 pill, which induces a miscarriage, Angie Jackson created a You Tube video justifying her decision in order to “demystify abortions for other women.” After experiencing multiple medical complications during her first pregnancy, Jackson decided she would not have any more children. Despite using birth control, she became pregnant yet again. Jackson says she is astonished by the backlash but asserts she is not ashamed.

Our question: What do you think of her story?


Filed under: Kyra Phillips
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Travis

    If she was having medical complications and did not want to go through the same problem again, it seems alright to have an abortion. She did not want a child, and was already taking birth control. Who knows if she forgot to take her pills or if she is just lazy, she still has to live with the fact that she killed her baby. That's o.k., in this degenerate country people don't care for the gift of life. Abortion is very contraversial and personal. It is not the choice I would want to use but in some case it may be a good choice.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    The government is making those hundred dollar bills out of invisible ink rattle snakes the whole bunch of them .

    March 8, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr.

    Im not four 86 but against it .

    March 8, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  4. Dan

    What a disgrace. We here on earth think that it was an "unplanned" pregnancy. But, all pregnancies are planned by the almighty. This child may have been used by the almighty to glorify his kingdom.
    One day ALL who have abortions, whether you beleive it or not, will have to explain to the almighty why they murdered HIS child.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  5. Marie

    Kryra,

    Is anything private anymore?????!!!! Why is this news? Why do we even care about this woman? Really?!!!! you are watching the dimise of this country; perhaps you should be asking the (poster child of the Me Generation) your guest as you call her, perhaps she should not be having sex if she is not married? I do believe in prochoice, but why do we have to know about it???? Why?!!! We don't really care. The "Me" generation is really getting old. They can't save us now. It is getting harder and harder to watch CNN as they choose the most insane newstories.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  6. Richard

    Have we dropped so low as to publish our killing of an unborn for the world to see ? And the news media contributes to the depravity by publishing it !

    March 8, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  7. tara

    I would like fact-checking on the statistic that Angie gave unchallenged: that 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion at some point during their childbearing years. That is a pretty staggering number...and I believe the responsible thing to do would be to verify numbers like that rather than just let them be given on your show as fact, again unchallenged. Thank you!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  8. Steve

    It's sad that you are completely ignoring the medical facts that that is a human being int he womb. You ignore all those facts and dehumanize the human baby by calling it a "pregnancy" or a "fetus".

    March 8, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  9. j.king

    If she doesn't ever want to get pregnant, she could have surgery to take out her ovaries. No eggs: No pregnancies. Surely, her doctor would have given her that option.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  10. Amy

    I believe it's HER personal choice. Its every womans personal choice. I dont personally agree with abortion but I do believe that certain situations do call for it.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  11. Aren

    I understand having medical conditions preventing one from carrying a pregnancy to term, but to use the death of an unborn child to gain media attention for her career and her book is DISGUSTING.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  12. Linda

    Isn't it strange that the first 4 comments are from men?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  13. Aren

    And I by the way an 39 weeks pregnant, and mine was unplanned.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  14. Lisa

    Since when is 96 hour back labor a "life threatening" situation and calls for future abortions? Kill your baby if you want, but don't call back labor a threat to your life!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  15. Stefanie

    Personally I do not believe in abortion. I would never do it because I believe life begins at conception. However, I know that everyone has the right to believe what they want and if someone wants to get an abortion, they should have that right. God put us here on this planet and he wants us to choose for ourselves. I do not judge what other people do or believe. Ultimately God will judge us on what we understand in this life. Some people do not understand that life begins at conception. So, God is not going to look at them as a murderer. God is compassionate and loves all.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  16. Calder

    This is actually quite interesting because the basis for legalized abortions is a fundamental right to privacy that the Supreme Court decided is inherently in the Constitution. Theoretically when privacy is not exercised there is no Constitutional right to an abortion. If women do this rather than one lone woman, new legislation could be implemented to prevent the monetization of or public abortions.

    It is also interesting because if her health condition is real, very few people that are pro-life would fight her on the abortion. Well, at least that was true before Roe v. Wade. Even the statute in question in that case allowed for abortions where the life of the mother was in jeopardy. Most still adhere to that philosophy. They are pro-life, not just pro infant life.

    Regardless, this provides for an interesting legal question.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  17. Gary Hussar

    Are you kidding me! That is the most self-serving action that I have seen in a while. It was so personal she shared it over the Internet. What did she demystify, except that fact that she is an incredibly selfish woman. Perhaps that she needs to look inward to see the type of person that she really is. Self-rationalizing at best and ridiculously stupid. Why do you give those people airtime.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  18. Jackie

    I am more than a little concerned with the language that CNN correspondents chose to use to explain the medication that Ms. Jackson took. Stating that the medication "kills the pregnancy" came across my television as a judgemental comment. Wouldn't it have been more prudent for a journalist to have used less judgemental language and instead have stated that the medication "ended the pregnancy". Being a CNN viewer for several years and seeing how often the network makes statements to exhibit their "neutrality" in regards to taking sides, it really disappointed me to hear one of their journalists use such a judgemental phrase.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  19. Jill Stanek

    Not discussed was Jackson's actual experience undergoing to the RU-486 abortion, which was much more painful and traumatic than she originally anticipated.

    Even after receiving instruction at Planned Parenthood Jackson tweeted it would be a "4 hr bleed out." Her RU-486 abortion was much more than that.

    For 9 days Jackson tweeted nausea, vomiting, bleeding, severe cramping, backaches and pelvic pain. She went through an entire bottle (20) of Tylenol with Codeine in 7 days. She then stopped tweeting her ongoing experience after realizing it did not bode well PR-wise. Yet on Day 15 Jackson tweeted she was still unable to keep food down.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  20. Todd

    Why is any abortion legal? How is it legal for any woman, any human's "choice" or "right" to kill another person?
    Would it bother us more if they used guns in abortions?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  21. D Gustafson

    Come on.This is 2010! WHY not take responsibilty and NOT get pregnant in the first place!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  22. Pat

    While I am definitely a 'Pro Choice' person I still have to ask Angie Jackson if she is definite about not wanting to have any more children why doesn't she just have a Tubal Ligation & that would solve her problem & absolve her of this induced miscarriage every time she accidentally gets pregnant.. I had a Tubal Ligation back in 1974 & it's an easy & quick procedure & I'm sure her doctor would approve it since she states she had 'multiple medical issues with a pregnancy'..

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  23. Joan Burnett

    God bless you for sharing this woman's abortion experience, thoughts and feelings. I sincerely pray other women will demonstrate her courage and do the same thing. God did not die and leave anyone of us in charge of other's lives and decisions. Thank you and CNN for having the courage to ensure all views are heard responsibly.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  24. Danny

    I don't understand why people are so offended, why do people not understand that a life was threatened by this pregnancy and people act like the mother's life being in danger is no big deal. This is really sad on America's part, where a mother isn't important, just another poltical issue.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  25. kt

    your medical expert said u-482 was used to "KILL" an abortion. doesn't something have to be alive to kill it? Did you just promote infanticide on national tv. talk about the slippery slope. i don't expect this to appear on the blog but you need to be aware of what you just did.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  26. Jessica

    People need to understand that not all women can or should have children. How horrible would it have been for her to have died in childbirth leaving her 4 year old motherless? There are a multitude of reasons why a woman should not have a child: rape, incest, mortality, addiction, ill health, poor economic conditions, mental instability, history of violence, to name just a few. Why does it make a woman a monster to choose her own current exisiting life that has likely touched dozens of people over that of an embryo? THE CHOICE IS UP TO THE WOMAN. Nobody else. And I am a mother of 4 and would likely never have an abortion but I am glad to know the process is there if for any reason I or one of my daughters needs it. And Kyra, please try to hide your disgust a little better, it is a put-off.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  27. Pamela Blakeman

    Is this woman really credible? How coincidental that a woman writing a book on the topic should happen to get pregnant while using birth control and also happen to have a life threatening response to pregnancy. Strange she didn't choose a statistically more reliable form of birth control.
    I believe she is just a dishonest opportunist.

    Pam RN
    Port Angeles, Wa.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  28. Arine Ward

    It really, totally, unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt...Amazes me at America!

    We say we don't want Healthcare because no one wants to spend "tax dollars" to pay for abortions...YET...Tax Dollars, Your Dollars, My Dollars, Our Children, Grandchildrens Dollars, Everyone's Dollars have been paying for them all along...When a woman uninsured has to enter the hospital for a DNC...well then who is paying for that???

    Most Americans jump on the ban wagon, of right, and or wrong...until it hits their front door...then its a different perspective....Its really important how you voice and exercise the 1st Amendment to the Constitution the same thing you feel you have a right to speak on...will be the same thing that comes a part of you!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  29. Jessica

    Having said that, I don't particularly agree with her posting her abortion publicly in such a way, and I choose not to view it. But please keep in mind there is a lot of strange stuff in youtube so I suppose this is something we need to get used to.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  30. Kristin

    This woman did what she had to for herself and her family. If you had actually listened to the story on cnn you would know that she was not lazy about taking the pill because she was in fact not on the pill. She had an iud which almost never fails and she just got unlucky. But would you leave two children alone in the world, one at 4 and one newborn so the older could live his life miserable without his mother and the newborn live its life not ever knowing his mother, or would you do what you need to do to help yourself and your already developed child? Think about it.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  31. Nancy Nelmes

    To hear you say there was even a question regarding whether or not you should cover this story is very sad to me. I am from the generation that saw Choice given to women. We worked hard to get this right returned to us and now it seems it is a subject "not to be discussed". Before Roe versus Wade, women virtually searched out illegal abortions and risked their own lives to prevent the pregnancy.
    Accidents do happen. Women MUST have the right to make their own decisions on what happens within their own bodies. Just know those writing such hateful words are a minority in this country. Most women agree with the need to have freedom of choice. Thank you, Angie for talking about your situation! ...and thank you Kyra for covering it!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  32. Ann

    I am always so disappointed to hear about pro-life people making death threats or causing harm to others. Those who threatened this poor woman need to understand better the concept of pro-life. It is upholding all life as sacred and good whether it’s an unborn child, a woman going through a difficult time, or a confused doctor who regularly performs abortions. The correct response for this woman was to tell her that we are praying for her, and that God has a plan for both her and the child she killed.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  33. Phillip Surprenant

    The almighty god is almighty and if that baby was the chosen one he will figure out a way to get him or her out here. Angie I am very proud of you and wish more woman had he courage that you do to speak and make pro-choice an ok option for woman. God bless you Angie. You made the right choice.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  34. Lesa

    It is her personal right to choose abortion and even though I am not personally for abortion, I would never say anything rude or hurtful to her. I think Angie is a courageous young woman to put herself out there like that and face the criticism and judgment that having an abortion brings with it. Some people think that she could have done without broadcasting it to the world but there's a lot of things out there that people do that is frowned upon in today's world that get broadcasted everyday.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  35. Pat

    Yes Linda I agree with you about the first 4 comments but I identified it as something else other than 'strange'..

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  36. Lizabeth Ryan

    Sadly the self-promoting blogger doesn't seem to be the appropriate or best advocate/example of a woman's right to choose. She certainly doesn't help the cause by her cool detachment from the experience, and I worry that she has armed the self righteous who would deny a woman's ownership of her own body.

    As disturbing... I wish Elizabeth Cohen in her follow-up had chosen her words more carefully. She should have said that Part I of the RU486 terminates the pregnancy (and not as she cloaked opinion when she said that the pill "kills the pregnancy"). Tsk tsk Elizabeth.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  37. Jessi P.

    Good Morning Kyra,
    I think that Angie was very brave to air her decision to have a life-saving abortion. I myself have had an abortion and have yet to tell a lot of the important people in my life because I am afraid of how they will react. I wish this topic weren't as taboo as it is. People really need to learn to respect what others do with their own body.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  38. SB

    If she has no intention of having any more children, why doesn't she just get her tubes tied?? I think it's because she is wanting to promote her blog and book. It is a extremely sad publicity stunt that she will one day regret.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  39. Cassie

    I am a Christian though I personally believe that abortion is wrong and I am Pro Choice simply because I am not in another woman's shoes nor her situation that she would have to make that decision. I will also say that it is for God to judge that woman not me or anyone else when I see people come out and say awful things who suppose to be religious basically are hypocrites how can you judge someone for their misdeeds and not your own. That woman had to choose between her life or the fetus inside her which isn't an easy decision make and she will have to live with the decision not me or the public has the right to judge her for it but ourselves for what decision we make in our own lives.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  40. Daniel Gray

    Kyra,

    Regarding the young lady in Florida who took UR-486. Most people who speak out against it do so on a religous basis, most of whom are Christians. Having studied Theology for 40 years I think people should go back to the basis of their religions. If God put us here with free will, then each of us is on a journey of personal choices, not the world's.

    For Christians... go back to the well with Jesus and Mary and those that judged her and those among you who have never sinned.. then go ahead and condemn her. But the same bible states that there are none without sin.

    I am personally against abortion in my life, but I have no right to tell another what to do with their body, nor judge them for their choices.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  41. Shannon

    Of course it would be a man to stand up and say it's wrong!!! Men don't have to go through the pain and agony of pregnancy and childbirth.
    What about all those children tortured and killed by their parents because they were not wanted? Was it fair to them? It could have been prevented if abortion was not such a shamed thing.
    What about the over crowded foster homes and homeless children? You would rather let them suffer then take care of the problem before they are a living being?
    At one month the baby is an embryo consisting of two layers of cells from which all the organs and body parts will develop. WILL DEVELOP. It's a mass of tissue at this point. It won't feel anything.
    Think logically people. Abortion prevents many beaten and murdered children.
    But, you don't care about that do you? It'sa woman's body, a woman's choice. Especially if health concerns are present.
    If you have never been through it, you have no right to comment.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  42. Kate G.

    If she knew another pregnancy would be lift threatening, why wouldn't the women and her boyfriend use birth control!?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  43. Mary

    Thank you so much Kyra for the opportunity to comment about this issue. I watched part of your interview with her and dropped my jaw! I must admit that I viewed only the part about 90+ hrs of labor & immediately disputed this happening in this day and age. I would have switched Dr.'s and/or used other methods of birth control before taking this type of action that can possibly have long term side effects in the present & the future.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  44. Manny Whitlock

    That was wild Kyra

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  45. SChadwick

    I have no issue with the decision of the women to have an abortion. Its her body her decision. The issue lies in responsibility. Why is the women having unprotected sex? She has potentially put her health in danger by using the abortion pill when she and her partner could have used female contraceptives along with condoms to prevent pregnancies. I feel you need to emphasize this point to encompass the full scope of this conversation.

    respectfully

    Steven
    Jacksonville, Fl

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  46. jf

    Good Morning. I completely empathize with Ms. Jackson. I have a form of Lupus which went undetected and I nearly died when I gave birth to my second child. I too was directed by medical professionals to never have another child at risk of losing my life. Ms. Jackson is trying to be here for the one child she has. If she is taking measures to prevent a pregnancy and these measures are unsuccessful, she has to utilize whatever means available to prevent pregnancy and stay alive for herself and her son. Yes, pregnancy and life are precious gifts. However, those who are highly unenlightened and quick to judge should take the time to educate themselves regarding the fact that pregnancy, even in this day and age, can still be a life-threatening danger for many women. Thank you.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  47. Vern Cull

    Angie in Tampa gave it all away when she announced that she is writing a book about her abortion. If she feels that she needs to have the abortion for her own protection that is one thing but to blog about it and then to pander her upcoming book reveals nothing but a self serving commercial motive.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  48. Phillip Surprenant

    But yes she should get her tubes tied. That I agree with.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  49. Amy

    My concerns here are that her experience isn't what most women actually go through and to compare it with a miscarriage when clearly from her comments she wasn't sad is NOT what women experiencing a miscarriage go through. She came across as someone who is acting spiteful and "in your face" but her experience of a life threatening pregnancy is one where the majority of Americans feel the subject of abortion is justified, and she was only 4 weeks along, a time when most women aren't sure about being pregnant yet...which makes this something that could seem planned. I feel sorry for her of several levels.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  50. Ray

    Not so strange since it took 2 to tango, only the woman has to face the consequences.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  51. Ambre Abraham

    Why am i not surprised, you ask to respond to an abortion story and all men are the first to answer; not to mention the religious nuts. I don't understand what ppl don't understand about poverty, overpopulation, abuse, or endangerment to life. Abortions aren't fun, you don't get pregnant to just get an abortion like it's some game. It's painful both mentally and physically. She gave her reasons and they were justifiable, but she doesn't have to explain anything to me or anyone because until that child is outside her body, it is apart of it and as such she can do whatever she wants with it. I'm sick and tired of ppl wanting government wanting to get in the way of social issues but maintain a lassiez faire approach to greedy corporations. As for the religious aspect, i tell ppl all the time, it's not for you to judge, it's for god to and making threatening or insulting comments to that person to be judge will be looked down about by god because you are judging your fellow man and jesus always said let he who hasn't sinned cast the first stone. stop trying to do god's work, we are to imperfect to even grasps the concept of his work. I don't subscribe to the idea that god only does good things that we understand, sometimes is not just the devil out there. The almighty is not weak, he would not let this go this far if he didn't not have something in mind, so why doubt that all things are apart of his plan?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  52. Ken Johnson

    I find it hard to believe she didn't do this for attention. If Angie Jackson had medical complications during her first pregnancy and decided not to have another child, why didn't she have a tubal ligation? Or get on some other form of contraceptive like Mirena. Seems to me she wasn't being a responsible adult and for that she gets attention for broadcasting the abortion.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  53. Eric Christensen

    I am pro-life for pregnancies past 3 months and pro-choice for pregnancies during the first 3 months.

    I think it is very important to recognize that the Bible says nothing about abortions directly. There is not one verse that describes a person terminating their pregnancy. However there are 2 verses that tell the Hebrews to count their children as people only after they have been born and lived for 1 month.

    Peace, love and laughter,

    Eric Christensen

    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  54. Terry

    How does a person conclude that they have any right to tell another person what to do or how to run their life? I am amazed at the years and years of controversy over abortion. I do not support or encourage abortion. I believe that it is a decision to be reached between a woman, her partner, if applicable, her doctor, and God if she believes in God.
    It is none of my business. I have no right to interfere with whether or not a child is brought into this world or not. I trust that God is in charge of that issue, that person, and the decisions they make are theirs to answer for.

    On another note, I believe that single payer healthcare is the only way to go. Every other modern world power has single payer or similar system. "The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few, or the one"... Spock (Star Trek)

    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  55. Joachim Mueller

    You may have your reservations having a male comment on abortion but please read on. Basically I do not want abortions because they are always problematic in one way or another. Prevention is definitively preferred though that is not without problems either.

    But as adult and (hopefully) educated people we have to deal with reality. Reality does not follow any ideological path. So all you ideologists, please rethink what is on your mind! Anyone proposing violence should have their head examined. If legal procedures are in place you may try to change the law if you do not like it but please allow others to think differently because that is what democracy is all about.

    If a woman decides to have an abortion it should be left to her. She is the one who is most affected. The Europeans understand that and they have a real separation of state and church and have laws protecting privacy and women and families. The Europeans do not have these crazy activists who believe they have a right to kill someone who thinks differently. Tolerance is the word.

    As far as the case on hand is involved: I admire the woman for speaking up. And at the same time I feel sorry for her that she is being put under so much pressure. Everyone, please get over it!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  56. christa

    It was her choice and I agree with her, if you have medical problems and or are not ready because, of unemployment and other things, we should be quiet and let people live their own life. I remember how it used to be and how many women had to get an illegal abortion years ago and died. But I also think, that some people who are healthy and do not want a baby to give it up for adoption. Sometimes I think, that people rather have an abortion then wanting to tell their families, friends, co-workers, that they are not ready to have a baby, but people lash out at you, if you want to give your baby up for adoption. It is the behavior of some religious right so called christians, who give you hell and not compassion.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  57. Arine Ward

    The same attitude of No Abortions...Should also ring high for No Lethal Injections...No one SHOULD be put to death...but we do...and You Pay For It...I don't see anyone stampeding the states, and saying No..I don't want my Tax Dollars, paying for it!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  58. Arine Ward

    When Americans Stop PAYING for Capital Punishment, and watching people die...then and only then should you say who should or shouldn't have an abortion and who pays or does what...

    Stop killing people and people will stop killing people...love flows from heart to heart, breast to breast, glory to glory!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  59. Evelyn Aronson

    CNN is to be congratulated for real reporting. It is so rare these days that our media attempts to explore controversial topics in a non-political manner that helps people understand the real-life consequences of government policy. Thank you!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  60. Connie

    Kyra,
    You didn't want a discussion on the morality of abortion but you are going to get one. Not once did your guest describe any life threatening complications. She described a difficult pregnancy and birth with severe back pain. If she really should not have gotten pregnant for life threatening reasons she could have have made sure she did not get pregnant. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy that required a long hospitalization and having to quit my job to bring my baby to term. The difference is I wanted to protect the child within me! The guest doctor said the abortion "killed a pregnancy". Hello!! Pregnancy is a state. Abortion kills a BABY!!! She could at least say it killed an embryo! The denial and rationalization for selfish motives that all of you on this segment displayed or condoned is stunning. Citing the statistic that one third of American women have had abortions may ease guilty consciences by feeling those who have abortions have company, but it does not make it morally right.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  61. Arine Ward

    The state of Texas has killed how many people...who were born babies...so its a "catch 22" Crime you can be killed and we the taxpayers will pay no problem....
    But a woman whose body you know nothing about, never seen medically, or physically you have the right to say what should be....
    Stop Capital Punishment...stop killing people overall!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  62. Ana

    i had an abortion using the RU-486. it was probably one of the smartest long term decisions i've made so far. i'm barely 20 years old, and when my birth control managed to fail on me. i had to make a choice which was have a baby and perhaps not give it the best childhood it can have, or have an abortion, finish school, get my career started, and have the means to support a family.
    people like to judge abortion as murder, but for some reason their only concern is the fetus. what about mother? what about her life?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  63. Rod B.

    A woman's right to terminate a pregnancy will obviously be challenged by individuals who insist upon forcing their beliefs ( the product of a misguided assumption of moral superiority) upon others. This disturbs me.

    What is equally disturbing is the ignorance of your medical reporter Elizabeth Cohen. At @ 7:00 A. M. PST today, she discribed RU-486's effect as follows " it kills the pregnancy." She is either ignorant or promoting some personal agenda, and her lack of medical knowledge is evident. There is no "killing" taking place. That is the mantra of the fringe loonies. What takes place is a termination of a pregnancy. Either clean up her act (educate her) or get rid of her, the "news" is biased enough as it is.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  64. Arine Ward

    People really don't care...although they say they do...get all Anti this and that....but deep down, they just want to be heard....if they were really all that concerned...where are the protest, tea baggers, republicans, and democrats during these Capital Punishment Killings...Life is Life...not one baby or 60yr old is greater than another!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  65. Renee Hendricks

    As a pro-choice mother of three, I applaud Angie for having the courage to talk about something society is perfectly happy with making shameful or frightening. Due to her honesty, other women will know that it's not shameful and not horrifying when one has to make that hard decision.

    It seems some were not paying attention to what she had to say nor have they bothered to read what she has put out publicly. She had an IUD and she and her partner used condoms. Unfortunately, birth control failed her. It's been known to happen (2 of my 3 beautiful kids were pleasant surprises) and will continue to happen.

    As to tubal ligation – are you all willing to pay for her to have this? She is one of countless women in the US not covered by insurance and, at last check, tubal ligations don't come cheap.

    Do some checking, reading, and actual listening before you start throwing stones.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  66. Stacy Massey

    I've had two abortions. One at the age of 18 and one at the age of 28, due to rape. Two decisions that I can't take back. There is no "do-over" for abortion!

    65% of women who have abortion have emotional complications. Sometimes within hours, days, weeks.... months and even years. Just because Angie is content with her decision now doesn't mean she won't have regrets later.

    Angie is a friend of a friend. I hope she calls me, if and when, she decides this wasn't the best decision and is truly a regret!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  67. Thomas

    Shame on Kyra and Elizabeth for promoting the use of the abortion pill to murder innocent babies. No more CN for me.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  68. Shannon

    Oh people, you should listen or read before you open your mouths! She is on birth control! IUD!!!
    And for the pregnant woman who is offended cuz it caused her GRIEF to watch. TURN OFF THE TV!!! You knew what was being talked about. UNREAL!!!
    And now the INFANT STARVED TO DEATH story to back up why abortion should be legal....

    March 8, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  69. Sammy

    Abstinence is 100% effective.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  70. Arine Ward

    Again we have Innocent Life vs Life and yet still America Kills by Capital Punishment, and Americans still feel they can say who or what does what...Take your pleas to the Congress and start protesting live killings, witnessed by many...in the death chambers of the Prison System...

    All these Americans that support Religion in what you say and do....the last time I read and taught on the subject the Old T was fulfilled in the New T by the blood of JC so get it right, while your trying to justify what thus says Religion and start winning souls vs sending folks astray by your Holier Than Thou Tactics!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  71. stanley granger

    she was very successful in her mission, its obvious to me she is on the opposition of the abortion rights forum. she struck their nerve with an extreme exclamation point. it was intentional – that's how strongly she supports abortion rights.... its shameful.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  72. Magdalen

    I noticed the "morning medical correspondent" on the early broadcast around 7am pst stated "kill the pregnancy" in response to the question posed regarding the drug that can be taken for up to the first nine weeks of a term. "Kill pregnancy?" Professionalism and medical knowledge about biological processes ought to be required of cnn correspondents. Will she be reporting on how one can kill menopause next week?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  73. scott

    Great, now more woman will think its ok for a woman to "choose" to murder their baby... this is such an archaic "mindset" . We live in 2010, we have had medical procedures for decades that show life at conception... its murder and in the future we will look back and say how could we have been so guulable to believe murder was good strictly because it was legal!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  74. Amanda Hollywood

    As a professional journalist, I have followed Ms. Jackson chronicles of abortion via social media; making use of Twitter, YouTube, & that of a personal blog. My choice to follow was not for articles but for my own curiosity, of both sides. Within a globally interconnected technological society we must realize such technology is now at our fingertips, reaching millions, that has the potential to benefit others - in many various ways. Angie felt her use of new-age social media tools would help other women, who may be met with this decision in the future; she was successful, in getting the word out since minimal information existed prior, regarding this pill. What did exist, existed with falsification, putting great fear into the minds of females about this method. Angie felt saving her life was justification to also help other women who also will choose this route (for their own reasons).

    Abortion is, and always will be, a highly controversial topic. This woman was faced with the choice of pregnancy or death; her choice was fully justified as she selected to stay alive for her son. Unless you have been (or are in) her shoes you cannot judge her. However, I must say I am sickened by the belligerent & mindless hate messages I have witnessed; against a woman who didn't wish to die.

    Who are **you** to judge a woman wishing to stay alive.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  75. Peggy Ferguson

    I appreciate the information regarding the abortion pill, RU486, but let's call it what it really is. It does not kill a pregnancy, it kills a fetus. Abortion is not the woman's choice. Having sex is the woman's choice. Whether or not to have an abortion should only be the fetus' choice. It is the one who is being killed. Let's not make abortion politically correct and less offensive by stating that the abortion pill kills the pregnancy, let's be honest and direct and state that this pill kills the fetus.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  76. Rusk

    Individual rights are what they are and should be respected and be left alone to individuals. We waste so much of our time and tax payers money dealing with issues such as gay and abortion right. These do not directly affect the general population. Our law makers need to spend their time on issues that affect the majority of the people, such as healthcare, economy, and jobs.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  77. Arine Ward

    @Scott...the names makes me assume your male...so your comment....is very offensive.

    Women don't choose to murder anyone...yet I don't see you petitioning your comments to congress...for killing those in the prison system....

    Men, just feel they have the right to say what happens with a woman's body... well those days are OVER...not one man but the Highest Power, can EVER tell me, or anyone what I can or can't do....

    That is the problem with America...Men feel they have the right to say...when pregnancy is created with man....well its not living and growing in you...and if you want that...I'm sure their are scientist that can fulfill that thrill for you!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  78. Elizabeth Burchfield

    My gratitude to this very brave woman for sharing a very private experience. Rather we agree or disagree women need to be informed. Thankfully women have this freedom to choose what is best for them.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  79. Nelson G.. Goodman

    Kyra, thank you for airing the dicussion with a young woman about her abortion using RU486 this morning.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  80. Judy

    Yes, I'm from the generation that fought for Choice. To have a choice is a blessing. To misuse it is not! Every comment I read here concerns the abortion. The issue here for me is trivializing the procedure by TWEETING while it happens to her. Have we lost our minds, that we think this is of interest to the entire world? Does she truly want the thousands of people virtually looking over her shoulder as this happens? Did she have no one to hold her hand while the doctor took her pregnancy away?
    She is sad, mistaken and in need of better ways to promote herself. This is not about abortion or news media – it's about her isolation and virtual life.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  81. marina

    THE WOMAN IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!I don’t see anything to discuss here. It’s absolutely normal, it’s her choice! I think ABORTION is not a problem! She is a great responsible woman! It is better to have an abortion than A DOWN CHILD! OR leave her first child without mother! People – be responsible – if you have any problem (health or financial problem etc.)– do not have any more kids! AND – it is better to have one normal child than 5 hungry non-educated kids! Some people ask: help me, my 4 or 5 children are hungry... WHAT??? 5 hungry kids?????- common – don't have so many children if you cannot support them!!!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  82. Uriah

    The reality is that abortion, though disturbing to many, happens naturally in 50% of pregnancies. It is amazing that in this day and age, the concern over first trimester elective abortions such as that of Angie Jackson’s story can illicit such atrocious responses in support of pro-life. The presumption of the pain and suffering experiences of a collection of cells in the early stages of conception should not take priority over the pain and suffering of an adult. I applaud Angie’s efforts at educating others.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  83. scott

    Arine, I am deeply invovlved with the Right to Life organization.... its ironic you say "men think they have the right to say what happens to a womans body" when the progressive or liberal or politically correct womans organizations say it ok for a woman to say what happens to the "life" present and growing in her womb.... grow up!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  84. Mary Miller

    Even as one who supports a woman's right to determine her own "bodily integrity" & personal autonomy", language from 1973 Roe v Wade decision, I was at first taken aback at Ms Jackson's tweet. However, on listening further to her interview I think it is appropriate to speak one's beliefs and also for CNN to provide not only this woman's decision, but correct information about a legal procedure.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  85. Jack from Texas

    I was surprised by the slant Ms. Phillips seems to put on this story all she could say was the negitives about this Lady. To me she has let the public know that lots of people feel, as she does . We all have a quality of life we strive for and her's is to raise her son to adulthood. and if taking a simple pill gives her that opportunity , why slander her . I'm sure she knows how to keep her legs together as well as the next woman. It would have been a better story had she not let her bias show and give some positive feedback also. Abortion this issue is blown out of prospective mainly by news media and politicians.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  86. rhea

    If cnn wants to demystify abortion, why don't you show what abortion really is, really does? . There are plenty of images and videos out there to use. Try Galleries of Images of aborted or If You Are Against Abortion Raise Your Hand + you tube or just go to the priests for life web page. There are doctors who will describe the procedure in detail, you know like taking the forceps to rip apart the body parts and pull out the pieces. You see tghey must reassemble the body parts to make sure they haven't left a leg or an arm or a head . tThere are plenty of pictures of the "medical waste" that is dumped. Do you have the courage to do this? You would like to be "fair and balanced" I assume?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  87. scott

    What is ironic reading many of theses comments is its obvious most commenters would probably agree with "universal healthcare" and yet if we hadn't murdered over 50 million future taxpayers we wouldn't be in need of reform.... not to mention the cost of murdering your baby to the American taxpayer

    March 8, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  88. Bill Balmer

    This is a young woman in a monogamous relationship who has a health problem where her doctor has said that a pregnancy would be life threatening. She has taken responsible precautions to avoid pregnancy by using an IUD – and it failed. This is exactly the situation where any reasonable person or law would immediately allow an abortion without question. Any person on the RRR (radical religious right) who thinks otherwise gives true Christians a bad name. They are unreasonable zealots with no common sense. I am a 73 year old male who is pro-choice. That does not mean pro-abortion.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  89. Mona

    Yes Kyra, the presentation of a Florida woman having an abortion with a new pill badly needs to be aired and supported. The anti- abortion groups tactics unfortunately caused the ugly blood and gore public scene by rising up opposition and interference in politics and media They should not have any rights to a woman's private health issue100% her control and her life. The so- called moral and religious opposition claiming to be or represent God and hurling demands and orders at women like "tubes tied" need to be harshly put down and out of any hearing or sight and actions. They are not God. The anti-abortion and religous groups are evil for acting as if they are Gods and must suffer the consequences or backlash in "freedom of speech". Down with these churches and Mosques etc.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  90. gercart

    it is not our place to judge it's God's, he gave this choice too woman, I'll not take it away but I don't think tax dollar's should pay for it. I'm a man very hard to speak from a woman point of veiw but as a man I could not take part this is a morel issue has to be left between the preson and their God it saddens me but no amount of law can stop it it's like hunger or the homeless these thing's can't be fixed all we can do is help if you save one it's worth the effort God bless be safe some chocies you don't want to make

    March 8, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  91. Arine Ward

    Entirely sad, sad, sad...people speak to grow up, when in turn reading over the comments...the same one speaking the negative venom are the same ones that would pass out and kill... people say one thing until it reaches their own doors, rapes, race, and other unplanned unwarranted incidents would I GUARANTEE a totally different outlook....fly high now, what soars high, must always come down for a landing...in most cases its best to be seen and not heard...

    All the good teachings of the Good Book....I'm sure says let your light shine, you don't have to say for that statement becomes life, and then people wonder why things are all in shambles you spoke into existence....and Capital Punishment is still paid for by the Tax Payers...that is a LIFE...So its ok to Kill those of Crimes, but innocence takes precedent over LIFE!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  92. scott

    Mona,Mona,Mona, how "veiled "in darkness you are!!! No one tried to impose themselves as God, its simply a matter of relaying His words. You can have 10 million doctors and 50 million lawyers and 100 million politicians step forward and speak out on the legal and moral qualities of "abortion" or "murdering of children" it still can't usurp Gods word and Gods command that its a SIN....

    March 8, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  93. Nelson G.. Goodman, MD

    As a physician, who practiced medicine before and after the Roe v Wade decision in the early 1970's legalizing abortion, I am gratefrul for your presentation of a young woman who has had a safe and necessary abortion,
    I well remember making teaching rounds with my residents at DC General Hospital in the 1960's and seeing the women crtically ill on the obstetrics ward, suffering from puerperal sepsis – generalized infection introduced into the body by unclean illegal abortion. The fact women would take such a risk indicated their desparation.
    The so called "pro-life" movement has obfuscated the moral issues involving the mother, the family, society, and justice. Led by religious leaders, who seem only concerned with embyoes and fetuses, they have obscured the facts by blantant propoganda. They have done this by shamelessly advertising views of late term abortions, performed relatively rarely, usually for cogent medical reasons.
    Education, with or without a moral aspect, with regard to abortion, is certainly proper, but laws outlawing abortion or making it difficult to obtain have no place in our secular legal system. It is a fact that the lowest rate of abortion is in Western Europe, where abortion and birth control are readily available.
    I am proud to have served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, an organization dedicated to enlightened care of mothers and their children.
    Nelson G. Goodman, MD, FACP

    March 8, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  94. George Sidler

    Kyra,
    Such an action goes beyond simply making a tough decision. It smacks of both sensationalism as well as grand-standing. It demeans the very value that we should all place on the existence of humanity itself.
    Ms. Jackson's reach for fame will fulfill her wish I believe; unfortunately, it will have been done so at the cost of many more seeking similar attention.

    When we degrade the value of life for a spot on the world stage it is a time for us to hang low our head in shame. There are certainly better, if not more socially acceptable (Read: "educated") ways to present one's opinions, if that is even what her intent was. However, I fear her recalcitrance towards the personal was more the goal here.

    How unfortunate are we that so many cannot see?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  95. Mandy

    "It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so you may live as you wish." Blessed Mother Teresa

    "A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope." Pope JP2

    What about the right of the unborn child?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  96. scott

    Arine, the "abortion" mindset diminishes, no, it wipes out ANY light that may have come from that precious baby....its a baby, keep saying that, its a baby.... and no , the Church doesn't agree with capital punishment so don't try to paint a broad brush of religious "anti-life" sentiment coming from God

    March 8, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  97. Sammy

    who said being pro life = being for capital punishment??? can't you see this doesn't make sense? why are some of you making this connection?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  98. Shannon

    Scott: If only men had to go through what us women had to.... things would be so different.

    And it must be nice to be as perfect as a man! To just enjoy the "making" of a child and thats all you have to endure until the birth.

    Telling people that not having sex is the best way to prevent, yeah, ok, and is that how you are doing it? Or have you just been lucky?

    Let's just make it illegal and have all these children running around that the taxpayers get to pay for! That's a great idea!! Cuz, our economy isn't bad enough already.... How about you give half of your paycheck to pay for all the unwanted children, Scott? Or pay for the prodedures for MEN as well as women to be "fixed"!?

    When someone is on birth control, they are relying on it. When that fails, who's fault is it?

    Why can't women enjoy sex without having to deal with the worry of being pregnant?

    If a women has taken the responsibility to prevent pregnancy, she should not be treated like a criminal when she decides that she does not want to follow through with the birth. She is thinking of her and the child's future, or lack there of.

    And now that our healthcare has gone down the tubes, who can afford to have a child! A normal birth can cost at least $12,000!

    Men should be held just as responsible for prevention as women. I am sick of it being so one sided.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  99. sillychick

    Who was caring for the surviving child of this woman while she spent all of her time on the internet under the influence of narcotics? And who is concerned about what the murdered baby endured at the hands of it's mother? No one. No one is concerned with the babies. They're too concerned watching the narcissistic train wreck blog her horrendous "choice".

    March 8, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  100. George Sidler

    Dr. Goodman,
    I respect your (medical) opinion, and position with regard to the travesty that so many abortions bring upon us. However, I believe your position does not tender-to the question of someone performing an abortion on live media.

    I have recently posted within an Ethics course of mine not only the weight of such decisions (whichever way one chooses), but also in their presentation as well. Were you, as a medical professional, to present the facts of both pro and con, I am sure it would have balance for your patient to decide from. However, posting an abortion online, like presenting the preparation of a "30-seconds in the microwave" ("anyone can do it") process presents an enormous, if not uneducated and untrained, portrayal of such an important decision.

    Although I do not question either your qualifications to abort, or your experiences with the many women that have had to make such life-changing decisions, I do question your hard one-sided (and limited) perspective on both airing of opinion (all we heard were your one-sided -although many correctly placed- opinions against the pro-life position) and the unbiased medical view of a medical "professional."

    Maybe I'm wrong; however, that is how your post presented itself.
    gds*

    March 8, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  101. Honest Citizen

    As I watched this planned "media event" unfold in real time, I was alarmed at the claims being made by Angie that "Christians" were sending her "death threats." The media got a lot of mileage out of that totally unfounded and untrue statement by Jackson.

    In fact, most of what she received were just rude comments from people across the spectrum. The rudest comment I saw before she started removing comments from her Youtube Channel was from a confirmed liberal atheist named Devils Fan.

    If you go back and read Angie's blog, you'll find that she tells people to check in often and to look for "media events."

    Well, she needs to go into PR because by becoming "Abortion Woman' to the masses, she certainly earned a ton of free publicity for her upcoming book.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  102. Judy

    Violet, I would never challenge her right to discuss her decision – I challenge the wisdom of "discussing" or "talking" about it to people who don't know her, are not invested in her life, are not part of her daily/weekly/yearly personal processes.

    If she has no one in her life that she feels comfortable enough with to discuss this, and resorts to Tweeting during an extremely personal procedure – visiting with a therapist whom she trusts would be appropriate.
    As others have pointed out, she may very well need this kind of conversation following this important decision. We all have a right to privacy. I find it unfortunate that she chose to ignore hers.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  103. Phillip Surprenant

    Angie you make a book about it and I will lose all respect because now you are profiting off it. That just feels wrong. You will be joining the people that make our country a joke.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  104. Triptrain

    Angie expelled an embryo so tiny that even a professional had a hard time finding the sac. There were no "brain waves," no little hands or feet. The choice was easy for her partially because of her health risks and her desire to stay alive (and a parent of one child) so she could focus on her BORN kid, who has special needs.

    If ever there were a situation that even the most extreme "pro-lifers" should back off of, this would be the one. If ever there were a "non-controversial" abortion, this would be it.

    But what happens? The BIG story – a woman actually HAVING an abortion, and then TALKING (!?!) about it – becomes MAINSTREAM NEWS. She receives hate mail and DEATH THREATS. Seriously? What country are we living in? Is it really 2010?

    No wonder so many women feel completely alone and afraid when they abort. No wonder they don't feel like they can safely talk about their decision.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  105. Angelica

    Who would make a youtube video about abortion? Maybe if she had complications she should have been a lot more cautious. I don't agree with abortion but maybe it was necessary for the health of the baby.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  106. nita

    peggy, it's probably because I am not a native english speaker but I do not understand your logic. This woman made the decision to terminate her pregancy with the aid of a pill. The intent was clearly there, not like she ingested something by accident. How is she not responsible for this?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  107. Bowen

    Thank you Angie Jackson for bringing up such a tabu topic, and for CNN for allowing us to post comments. This is not something that needs to be kept in the closet anymore. Guess what, there are plenty of women out there that have had abortions and are HAPPY about it, myself being one of them. I am so tired of the religous groups or political groups claiming that this is such a horrible experience and that you live the rest of your life in regret, depressed. I have not looked back on that day one time. It was the best decision of my life, and it looks like FINALLY someone has brought that to light. Abortion is not something that needs to be limited with laws, but it is something that you and your doctor should discuss and decide what is best for you. Angie, please continue to pave the way and be strong against the political and religious groups lashing of your choices. You are a voice that we need on our side, so don't give up!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  108. khulme

    I am very disappointed that CNN gave press coverage to this story and this woman who murdered her unborn child openly and without remorse. She did not demystify anything, but made a mockery of her killing.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  109. Arine Ward

    The exact same way you go on and on about Abortion being evil...is the same as Capital Punishment it makes perfect sense...Its a LIFE! Religion is evil...evil...evil...

    March 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  110. Henya, Ca

    No man should tell a woman what to do with her body it is her and her Dr.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  111. Jessica

    Sometimes, abortion is the right choice. Sometimes, you have to do it. Sometimes trying to bring another life into this world is puttng your own life at risk and risking that of your potential child. Sometimes, it's not worth it. I do not personally believe in abortion but I believe that women have the right to make decisions about their bodies.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  112. Mark

    I think that her decision is none of the rest of the worlds business. This decision is one she is going to have to live with and for us to judge her would be wrong. It would be like me judging someone who decided to have 10 kids which I believe is totally irresponsible.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  113. Triptrain

    "Who was caring for the surviving child of this woman while she spent all of her time on the internet under the influence of narcotics?"
    -sillychick

    You can't possibly be serious – do you actually believe that (a) using the internet and (b) taking PRESCRIBED DOSES of medication to manage pain make someone unfit to care for a child?

    I spent YEARS of my life raised by a woman who spent plenty of time on the phone and took prescription painkillers *daily* to manage the pain of a chronic illness. Clearly you do not understand that mothers can take care of non-child tasks and take prescribed doses of medication without becoming unfit parents. How you got that idea, I'll never know.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  114. Tori

    I can understand abortions in life threatening situations, but what I do not understand is why she didn't have tubal ligation. I know that no birth control is 100%, but tubal ligation is as close as it gets. If she truly planned to have no more children, she should have done everything she could to prevent it.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  115. Meredith

    Some medical complications experienced during a pregnancy are normal. Yet some medical complications experienced during a pregnancy are serious and can be fatal. Some women have been hospitalized just to be able to carry their babies to term.

    Most women need medical care during their pregnancy, or they will end up with a live long medical complication.. Some women have died, some babies have died during the pregnancy. Some women have had to carry their unborn dead fetus through to term.

    Medical complications experienced during a pregnancy, is not to be taken lightly.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  116. Molly

    I do believe in a woman's choice. Actually, I believe she had an IUD that failed. But I think that the attention she's getting is sickening! The world news! Come on! We have better things or "real" news that could be reported. I think this woman is lashing out at her grandmother, one, and she seems to be an attention seeker. Now, she seems to be an intellegent woman. If u have ever been to her website. But she's lashing out against religion and whatever else that has ticked her off. She grew up in a screwed up life. I feel sorry for her. She says she is tired of the media yet she tweets about them all the time. Seeking the limelight. She needs to be turning her energy towards her son. I can't figure out why all these news stations want to talk to her. It's not like her life or her decisions effect any of us. Only her. Drama queen. There r many people who have abortions and take those pills. How about a news story on the deaths of the woman from hemorraging etc.... I would take her more serious if one minute she wasn't telling the media to leave her alone then giving u what time she'll be on there. Or linking the stories about her. She should make up her mind. Spot light/ no spot light. I think she likes it. She seems to be very angry and is acting like a child. Lashing out and if u don't agree with her then u r a moron in her eyes. I think her grandmother was like that. Her way or no way. Or that's how she portrays her. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. They r more alike than she wants to admit.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  117. Meredith

    Plus there is one method of birth control she did not try.

    And that is called Sterilization.

    She should of had her tubes tied and cut.
    And if that did not work, There is always having the Ovaries removed but that is extreme.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  118. Read/Write

    My question to her is, "Why didn't she have a tubal ligation after the first pregnancy instead of going with the IUD?"

    March 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  119. Violet

    "Honest Citizen" -
    1) You cannot remove comments from YouTube videos, not even your own. Any comments that were removed were removed by YouTube, not by Angie.
    2) Just because one atheist antiabortion conservative sent her a threat does NOT change the fact that she received many other threats and many of them were from Christians. Without access to Angie's email, blog administration (where she moderates comments), or Twitter account, how can you POSSIBLY know that she is "lying" about such threats? If she was lying, do you REALLY think the police would be going by her house every hour and the FBI working to identify the authors of the worst threats? Oh, and "DevilsFan973" chose that name because he's a fan of the New Jersey Devils, a sports team. (Not because he's a satanist.)
    3) Do you honestly believe that a woman with serious health risks (who nearly died having her son) got pregnant and had an abortion just to get media attention? Really?
    4) The reference on her blog to check back for more media events was because she had given interviews that had not yet been published or shown. It was not what you seem to think it is, some kind of admission that she did all this just to get on TV.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  120. Sara

    I don't really find this to be news. But that me.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  121. prophetlady

    she did not use birth control first of all, she had an IUD that she claims fell out, however it comes with a string

    second of all on another blog she claimed that she pretended to herself on how many condoms her and her boyfriend actually used,

    so no effective use of birth control

    third of all, she is now using all of this as a leverage to have a book published, so killing or aborting your child then trying to profit from the experience which as a mother I find revolting

    her livetweetingabortion accordin to twitter stats got more views then a frigging charity man

    Many writers are waiting to have abook published, so I am contacting that company to let them know as well as other writers i have spoken to are going to contact them as well, it aint fair to let a book go through quicker then the others due to the fact of her popularity by having a bloody internet abortion

    also she helped another lady called NEXT THURS make the same choice, and now that lady is not tweeting anymore with her last messages being that she was bleeding like a stuffed pig, her blog also states that she bled more then childbirth and this lady is missing, but not many of the prochoice people really care, or is THAT being covered by the bloody news teams man

    March 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  122. Jeremy

    I would like to applaud this young lady for having the courage to share her experience. Abortion does not have to be a dirty little secret, despite the threats and the condemnation of the "moral". I was not aware of the availability status of RU486 in the US until I saw this piece. Good to know women have the option outside of potentially dangerous and traumatic surgery.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  123. Violet

    For those wondering why she didn't have a tubal ligation: without insurance, which Angie doesn't have, a tubal ligation costs $10,000 or more. She's said repeatedly on Twitter over the last two weeks that if she could afford it, she'd do it - but she can't.

    A public option or some kind of universal health care would have prevented all of this, because she'd be able to get the tubal ligation. Despite that, most of the people I've asked who consider themselves "pro-life" are also against health care reform, which would save lives and prevent abortions.

    That's something I will never understand.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  124. heather

    To the people who oppose this womans decision: you should be ashamed of yourselves. You are not her nor do you know the circumstances in her life. Think before you speak or just keep your comments to yourself. Until it is your body, you do not need to have an opinion.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  125. Greg

    It is good to live in Canada when these stories hit the US news.

    Light years ahead of the US in so many ways.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  126. D.

    thats nice. so those of us that would love a second child and give their first born a sibling but are so far unable and have sought the help of a Reproductive Endocrinologist-this chick seems to think it's ok to discard her pregnancy like trash and plaster it all over the media. whatever-she had a difficult first pregnancy and the doctor told her never to have anymore children again. then why and IUD??? they CAN FAIL! or did she forget that....gee-what about a tubal ligation hmmmm??? yes i am bitter and am speaking for those of us who have infertility issues and this piece of trash "reporting" gets on CNN....keep it to yourself-why do we have to know this??? so disgusting how low the media will sink and how warped some people are.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  127. Chitown

    "not a publicity stunt" ok... sure! Lack of accountability is at an all time high. Don't care what people do but people like this chick are sick, attention seeking individuals.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  128. Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc.

    You know I ache for Angie's young son. Angie's son will be able to forever look back and see the "glee" in his mother's eyes at the death of his younger brother/sister. I think that, in and of itself, is sad!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  129. Mark

    The religous need to realize there is no sky god to punish us, no almighty to proscribe sin and punishment. There is us, this planet and that's IT. Anyone who thinks there is anything else is living in delusion.
    I am glad this woman tweeted this – it will wash away the myths the religous throw in our faces over this issue.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  130. Idonteatblue

    It's obvious this woman is a total tool. This isn't news or news worthy and it just adds fuel to the pro-life argument. Thanks Jackson, keep up their fight.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  131. Idonteatblue

    BTW- her form of birth control is not a pill and does not consist of being 'lazy' in order to get pregnant. It's obvious MOST of you didn't actually do their research before commenting. Ignorance isn't always bliss.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  132. Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc.

    65% of women who chose abortion have emotional complications afterward.

    If you know people hurting emotionally from abortion... they can find help at abortion recovery dot org!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  133. Triptrain

    I think a lot of the people who are asking why Angie didn't get a tubal ligation don't understand that, statistically, IUDs are almost exactly as effective as tubal ligation, and are considerably less expensive.

    An IUD can typically costs several hundred dollars, whereas tubal ligation surgery can cost several thousand dollars. There is a 0.5-0.7% risk of pregnancy annually after tubal ligation, and a 0.6-1.0% risk of pregnancy with an IUD. The difference is almost negligible, but the cost is much, much lower for the IUD.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  134. Shannon

    These people crying, "I can't have kids, she is a disgrace..." GET OVER IT. It's not her fault you can't get pregnant. Stop looking for reasons to hate people because of your problems. Adopt those unfortunate kids that were not aborted that have had to live without real parents.

    If you people were as religious as you say you are, you would forgive!!! I believe that's what the whole point of Christianity is! Or did I take what the pastor at church said completely wrong!

    She isn't the only woman in the world who has had to go through this. And she won't be the last. And no matter what anyone of us says, it isn't going to change anything.

    So, keep up the preaching and the bad mouthing. If you are true God fearing people, you wouldn't be doing it in the first place.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  135. Honest Citizen

    Violet, perhaps you should be honest before you start making comments that have no bearing in reality.

    You CAN remove comments made on your Youtube videos.

    Look, it ought to be enough for you that Angie garnered all thise free publicity for her book by aborting her baby live online. You yourself applauded her and cheered her on.

    Don't make up things now that are not true.

    When you ask for media attention and get media attention, don't be surprised that things are uncovered, like the fact that liberal atheists bashed Angie and she covered it up.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  136. Super J

    Big surprise...she has a book to sell.

    This wasn't an abortion...it was an advertisement.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  137. Ray

    Great....as if human life was not devalued enough....now we kill and broadcast it. When will we come to realize that nobody, not man; not woman, has the right to terminate a life (ie murder) for conveniance.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  138. Jpatt

    CNN needs to do a story on Abortion Recovery Awareness Month in April. If you truly findlivetweeting abortion newsworthy, than you care for a womens well being after the fact.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  139. Stacie

    Good for her! It is a shame that those who have chosen abortion cannot talk about it to anyone. People who think that fetuses are more important than a grown woman are severely misguided in their beliefs, probably brought about by their religion.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  140. Arine Ward

    All these Religion People...This is News...Separation between Church and State....I know you were taught in times like these to see that your not troubled....and wonder why HE can't return...HE is coming for a spotless church...lol to much dirty in these post...its so funny how people react...wait until they see Judas in Heaven!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  141. D.

    .....maybe if she DID have this child-there would be one more child to adopt into a loving home. but, alas, she chose instead to put it in a pine box into the ground for no one to love..... nope-it's never going to change. guess she should have just abstained-she took that chance by even having sex. oh, but, that's not realistic....what am i thinking....ultimately we are responsible for our own actions. it's the American way to blame everyone and everything but ourselves when things go wrong................you have a right to your opinion as I have a right to mine, thank you.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  142. Arine Ward

    Totally amazing....people will complain because she had one...but if she hadn't...then they would be complaining as they say "I'm paying taxes on your lazy people, and you should have practiced abstinence"

    So bottom line...People just want something to complain about...be angry for, abuse someone for...when the real work starts by looking in the mirror working on YOU...stay out of other folks business...and clean up your own house...skeletons, and secret sins that no one sees because you cover so well...Ye without sin cast the first stone....

    March 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  143. D.

    ok, but did she have to tweet about it? is that newsworthy? do i air my dirty laundry? please....keep this trash to yourself.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  144. Mr Fellow

    It's people like this that make you feel like the world has gone to ______.

    #1) Don't fool yourself. There is no "mystification" about what an abortion is. The end result is the same right. It's not the "procedure" that is an issue an never has. In fact, it's rather routine and there is nothing really special about it. The problem, in my view, is that many people don't understand abortion is nothing to skoff at and that it certainly is NOT something to laugh or smile about as this woman so blatently portrays in the video each time she smirks. We can't let people be densitized around this issue. It's what is wrong with many of the youth today on completely different levels.

    Trying to have believe that she is somehow "concerned" and wants to "demystify" something is a load of crap.

    #2) There are "rare" cases where an abortion "may" be necessary, however, these are not the cases that are being addressed by a youtube video to the general public by someone in horrible blue eye shadow. More abortions are due to an "Oops" than anything else, wouldn't you agree? It's not addressing those rare tragic cases where someone needs to make a horrible choice.

    In any event, this clearly self centered, attention _______ is not even qualified to speak to you about a toaster, let alone abortion issues.

    P.S.: I'm not relegious!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  145. Arine Ward

    Just like the Gov't, Sarah Palin, TeaBaggers, Republicans, Democrats, everyone wants their moment of fame...but the real issue comes when you respond...that is all someone wants is a spark, and as you can see...She got it! Somethings should just be ignored...silence kills the enemy never let them know what your thinking or doing....

    In other words...never let them see you "sweat"

    These things, are just the sole beginning of Chaos that we will begin to see...its how you respond, that makes you a winner 🙂

    March 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  146. Fong

    Every person, man or woman, has the right to make choices for themselves, their bodies and their lives. No one has the right to judge whether what this woman is doing is universally right or wrong. Her decision may not sit right with you, but at the end of the day it is HER decision and hers ALONE. It is nobody else's business but the individual's. Abortion is a personal choice, and should remain that way. No one can tell this woman what she can or cannot do to her body, and whether it is wrong or right. Just as people have the right to elect plastic surgery, elect a gender change, elect to be straight, say or bisexual, they have the right to elect having an abortion. We are human, not God, and not everyone have the same religious and spiritual beliefs – this is why we have separation of church and state in the first place.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  147. Mark

    And for the AntiChoicers out there – please keep in mind there is less of a central nervous system in a 1st term fetus than there is in a TADPOLE!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  148. Molly

    no, she did not get preg to have an abortion to tweet about it. That was the choice she made afterwards. Bringing up the tubal, I don't think it was an option. She couldn't pay for it and medicaid wouldn't. In the state I live in, it will. People who want to bring the tubal up may need to question the Insurance problem that we have. People r so afraid they may have to pay a little extra to help their neighbor out or they won't be able to buy that boat or cruise that they r afraid to agree on a universal healthcare system that would eventually even out. If she had health problems and the doctors said she should not have anymore children then right then, they should have cut,tied, and burned her tubes. There shouldn't be any question about it. Still, she did not get preg to tweet but she's enjoying it now!maybe now she should tweet about how many uninsured people there are and how many die due to that. Something important since she has the attention from the media. I still think most of her ranting is directed towards her Grandmother. She speaks of the cult, of woman and babies dying in delivery because of their wacky homebirth with no medical help at all, of her choice to be an Atheist, and now this. She is lashing out at her grandmother. Which I can't say I'd be any different. Her grandmother poisoned her in the name of God. Now she lashes out against it all. For the woman/men who can't conceive, people should think long and hard before saying adopt. It's not that easy to adopt plus imagine if by chance, you'd like to carry a child, a piece if you and your love and you can't. No way at all. Of course you'd be upset! My heart bleeds for them. I guess to each his own. I just pray we do get some sort of healthcare and Angie moves on to something more constructive. I hope that the woman who followed in her footsteps is doing ok. I have heard many horrible stories about that "abortion pill". Let me add, at 16 I had an abortion. I am now 36. It was my choice though I did have a child 18 months later. I don't care what someone does with their body. They have to live with it as I do. I think the main thing that's upsetting is her tweeting her every pill, clot,puke,etc and then the news stations giving her more press. Her livetweetabortion is discusting. Even if you don't follow her or have a twitter, it's still everywhere! And people calling her a hero? She didn't save a life! She didn't change a law! She didn't feed the homeless! She tweeted her abortion! That's someone who's still looking for the negative attention she grew up with.She knew that's what she'd get. And as far as people staying out of her business.Ha! She wouldn't want that.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  149. Stacey

    I am sorry. I just do not believe this young female. I feel she did all of this for attention of which she certainly received a lot of. I feel there was no reason to advertise her abortion on twitter (or any other site). Any woman who has an abortion or a miscarriage does not think lightly of the process. I am 47 with three children. When I was 21, I made the horrible decision to have an abortion. I was misinformed about a lot of issues concerning pregnancy and abortion at that time which was in 1984. I was young and made the wrong choice. Thankfully, since then, I have had 3 children. My first experience in labor was intense. I was in labor for over 48 hours. I was on an epidural block with pitocin. I had a catheter. It was quite extreme. When it came time to pushing, it was 2 hours until the baby was finally taken by forceps, leaving bruising on his face for weeks thereafter. This was in 1990. He was 9 1/2 pounds and almost 22 inches in length. I'm a 5'3" woman and I had gestational diabetes. In 1993, I had my second child and my labor experience was completely different. I gave birth naturally to a 9 pound baby boy who was almost 22 inches long. Had I decided to abort because of my labor with my first child, I would have never had two other children. When I was age 43, I had my last child. I had gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy. My baby girl was born on her due date happy and healthy. Since then, I have had a few miscarriages, one of which I had to have a D & C which was frightening and very upsetting. I was three months along when I miscarried. If I could, I would have another child despite the risks. That is why I cannot agree with Angie and her sharing on-line with the world about her decision to abort a child. I do not talk about my abortion and miscarriages much to anyone. It is painful but I carry it all close to my soul. I cry about that decision to abort and about my miscarriages. Sometimes I think about the child I never let have the right to life. I do not agree with Angie's posting. She should respect herself and respect the life she has taken enough not boast or brag about it. It's a painful subject to most women. Angie really did not know for sure how her pregnancy would be. A doctor is human and cannot predict the outcome of each and every pregnancy. Nothing should be assumed. If it were me, I would have taken the risk because life is worth it, especially a child's life.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  150. oh well...

    I agree that this is an individual decision. I am OK with her having an abortion, but tweeting about it? If she cannot get pregnant again, why couldn't she just get surgery to avoid having more children?
    She is definitely doing this for attention and unfortunately we are giving it to her

    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  151. Lisa

    If Ms. Jackson was certain she did not desire more children at any point in her life, why didn't she seek a permanent form of birth control? Even if insurance wouldn't cover tubal ligation she could have had an IUD inserted – 99.9% effective, lasts for five years and she wouldn't have even had to give it a second thought. I'm not so much on either side of the issue – I'm just saying that women (and men) should make more intelligent and responsible choices.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  152. RNRW

    This is not news. This is a selfish woman who didnt want to endure back labor again using an unplanned pregnancy to promote her blog. Shame on you for covering this ploy CNN.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  153. redplanet

    Thank you, thank you, for bringing this out of the closet. This hugely overpopulated world needs to know a god is not controlling things, we are. And if we allow more unwanted children to enter this world, to starve, be abused, and die hungry, we are nothing more than killers.

    You go girl! You are an important contribution to this conversation which appears to be controlled by religious commandos. Bravo for what you have done and all you will do.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  154. JenLaw

    I am a rape survivor who bore a child from it. He's graduating from High School this year. These are issues we have to say "can I live with my decision". I know many rape, incest survivors who bore children and they can all sleep at night. If Angie was low income, she could get her tubes tied through Medicaid, I did. I believe even Planned Parenthood has a "sliding scale' of income to do the same. I think this Angie was looking for 15 minutes of fame and has little fear of death from a full term pregnancy.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  155. Violet

    Lisa - she had an IUD. It failed. Which she said, in her interview.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  156. Renee Hendricks

    I'm becoming very convinced that many aren't reading at all – she had an IUD, it fell out at some point; she and her partner use condoms, they failed; she is not insured so the cost of tubal ligation is prohibitive. Seriously, is it that difficult for people these days to read?

    March 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  157. Arine Ward

    @Renee
    Totally understand...but what your seeing is a generation of American people who would rather run with a news spin, buzz, or something that stirs up chaos...that is the good ole American way....

    I'm sure when its all said an done...it will end up being President OBAMA's fault...or the democrats, they weren't experienced enough, or qualified enough...lol you just watch... 🙂

    March 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  158. John & Barbara Lauer

    Deeply disappointed that CNN, our chosen news source each morning, would give a forum to the vulgar promotion a book by a woman who is using her abortion as a crass grab for attention and book sales. We expect more from CNN than competition with the gossip trash that is sold at grocery checkouts.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  159. Fong

    CNN promotes discussion of relevant issues today – abortion is one of these issues that are clearly not talked about enough. Abortion is not for any one person to say whether or not it is right, wrong, or vulgar. This woman made a brave choice to face the American public about an issue that clearly needs more attention. This woman took a stance for her beliefs, her views and her own life. CNN should be applauded for posting this story to advocate open discussion of this matter.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  160. kansans

    did she ever stop to think what her 4 yr old child will think when he or she gets of age to have a wife and children. what message does this send to the next generation. i would die for my children. if doctor says do not have anymore children then dr also should have said have your tubes tied and burnt or the boyfriend get his burnt. this is 100%. she can say and do what she likes and people can be nasty but-- God will have the last say and this will come back to her thoughts a million times before she dies........what if? the world and all of its deceptiveness and people looking for answers are looking for them in the wrong places. may god bless her and her child.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  161. Somerlyn

    I have many thoughts on this, but I'll keep it short and simple. If she wants to justify her choice for an abortion to herself and the world at large, she should do a better job of providing the reasons why. Just watching this interview, nothing she said convinced me that carrying and delivering a child would endanger her life. If she wanted to avoid a long, painful labor, she could opt for a c-section. I think she's making excuses and trying to justify her choice. Sad for her and for the child she chose to murder.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  162. Stacey

    What conclusive evidence did Angie really have that gave her proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that carrying a child to term was life threatening? How can any doctor make such a determination? Doctors are human and therefore are subject to random mistakes. Angie is looking for and has received attention. At my age of 47, with all the known risks and unknown risks, if I were to become pregnant, I would not have an abortion. Advertising her decision on-line is despicable. Like I said before, any woman who has had to make the decision to have an abortion and any woman who has had a miscarriage does not take the process lightly. It is not something to boast about on-line or on television. It is very painful, very personal and very private. It's not something to talk about lightly. Abortion is the ultimate violence and no woman wants an abortion. She either wants a child or wishes to avoid pregnancy.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  163. Renee Hendricks

    @Arine It is a very sad commentary on the public in general when they can't be bothered to take a few minutes to read, indeed. As I've often seen, headlines don't mean a thing and can be very misleading. If you can take the time to look up an article, you can take the time to read the entire story before commenting – IMHO.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  164. Jeremy

    I love how so many people insist on spewing their "expert" opinion without reading the prior comments, or even watching the interview first. This story combines an important women's health issue AND a political hot button. Not only is this news, CNN also found a young lady with first hand experience who is willing to tell her story.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  165. Linda

    Good for her! We have a choice in this country. If it's not your choice, then you shouldn't take a 486 pill or have an abortion. But in this country and hopefully someday everywhere in the world, what a woman chooses to do with her body is her choice. No one elses.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  166. Syd

    My cousin recently chose to have a child with her boyfriend. They are both pro-life and there was never any question of her having an abortion.

    The kid is now 3 months old. His dad disappeared 2 months ago and has proved very hard to track down. He has deserted his child. He gave up the 50% of the responsibility meant for him without consultation. He didn't kill the child, no, but in many ways his decision is similar to the decision that a woman makes when she chooses to have an abortion. If a young woman doesn't want the responsibility or doesn't think she can handle caring for a child, she should have that choice, just like so many young men have the choice to just walk away and wash their hands of any responsibility towards their children aside from the obligatory financial ones.

    I'm honestly just a bit bitter for my cousin's sake. There are so many of these discussions concerning abortion, fueled primarily by accusations of these women being lazy, careless and heartless creatures. The subject needs to be broadened to include the large number of losers who walk away from their children, I think, since all those characteristics apply to them as well. This is turning into a vent so I'm going to stop.

    also to Mr. Fellow; you are severely overusing those quotation marks. I'm not the grammar police..it's just that it's annoying

    March 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  167. Clarice

    People determine whether a born person is living or dead based on his or her heartbeat or brain waves – well, unborn babies have heartbeats at 21 days' gestation, and brain waves by six weeks, so why aren't they considered alive?

    If it were really that dangerous for her to get pregnant, she should have had a tubal ligation. I'd feel sorry for her if she acted like she was even sad about supposedly needing to kill her baby, but she's not. She shows signs of being a psychopath and a narcissist – constantly demanding approval and attention from outside sources. She needs professional help, not approbation.

    Although it would help even more if more people would recognize abortion for what it is, murder.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  168. t

    arine, its ironic in your attempt to be funny about blaming the pres or dems on this.... you don't see any abortion rights organizations monetarily supporting anyone but the left(pres& dems)

    March 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  169. Arine Ward

    @T
    In all actuality I wasn't trying to be funny at all...lol No matter from which direction the support comes from there is always a loop hole, that links back to blame the President.

    So thank you for your clarification, but I have this under control 🙂

    March 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  170. MrsFizzy

    I wonder if the next installment will be her live tweeting her tubal ligation?? If she really wouldn't survive another pregnancy, that would be the responsible thing to do, but might not get so much attention!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  171. Stacey

    Angie showed no remorse, no sadness, no feeling what-so-ever over her decision to terminate the life she carried. That is why I cannot believe her. Most women who have an abortion or have a miscarriage go through some sort of grieving process. When I watched Angie, she insisted she was not sorry and nothing anyone could say would make her feel sorry about her decision. She's either in denial or she is just a heartless, coldhearted person. Did Angie ever consider getting a second or third opinion or did she base her decision to terminate her pregnancy solely on this one doctor's opinion?

    March 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  172. David

    JenLaw

    :0} – God bless you!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  173. Leslie

    It is very sad that people in the world can be so quick to point their finger at this woman and call her such cruel things. NO ONE has the right to judge her decision! No, I am not one to elect for abortion, but sometimes this may be the only option for some individuals. There is a difference in having an abortion to be selfish, and having an abortion to save your life. Like Kyra said, not all contraceptives are 100% effective, therefore she is not to blame for getting pregnant! I have to say, her son has a wonderful mother to sacrifice such a precious thing to save herself for him. He NEEDS his mother! You people have no idea what she is probably going through right now! Be supportive, not judgmental!

    March 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  174. Athlyn

    Angie's contention that another pregnancy would be dangerous would need evaluation. Unless a physician was sure a higher risk pregnancy couldn't be medically managed, her claim falls rather flat. If she was truly concerned about real risk then why did she not opt for tubal ligation? That would have demonstrated a real concern for any future risk.

    Of course, a woman wanting to terminate an inconvenient baby will claim that her mental or physical health is endangered.

    As to whether it was Angie's choice, why does CHOICE cut out the other party? A woman has a right to her own body but what about an unborn child also having rights to its body?

    Any woman contemplating abortion should have to actually watch one. Let her see dismembered body parts and crushed skulls, then see if she still thinks she's making a wise choice.

    If babies were carried on the outside of the body, how many mothers/fathers could stomach seeing their child being sliced to pieces while still alive? How many would watch later term abortions where legs and arms are ripped off, all without pain killers?

    Abortion is a "hidden" procedure, for the most part–"out of sight, out of mind."

    March 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  175. Fong

    Whether abortion is murder or not, right or wrong, doesn't matter here. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The issue in point here is that everyone has their RIGHT TO CHOOSE what to do in their own lives. The decision one person makes regarding his or her own body is nobody else's, and no one can judge that. In this case, this woman made a choice that is right for her, her boyfriend, and her 4 year old child. Who are we to say her decision is right or wrong? Abortion is nobody else's business but the individual's.

    And for all of you who speak of God – if she doesn't believe in God, then who is there to punish her? Don't try to impose your religion on others, spirituality is also a personal matter.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  176. Judie

    wow. just wow. This isn't about whether or not you are pro life, pro choice, or just staying out of the argument all together.

    This is about a woman who has absolutely no class or sense of decorum, and who gets a truck load of attention for being skanky.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  177. Tammy

    I have my own opinions about abortion, but they are MY opinions... I guess the thing I don't understand is this; if you are aware that carrying another baby can kill you, why are you only using one type of birth control? And one that has a lower success rate at that? It just seems like this woman is very educated on her rights, abilities and responsibilities... I have a hard time figuring out why she wouldn't take the pill, use condoms, or have her tubes tied along with an IUD. No birth control aside from abstinence is 100%... If you play with fire, you may get burnt, to blog about it seems like an attention grab.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  178. Marie

    Talk about being irresponsible. Why didn't she get her tubes tied when she decided she didn't want any more kids? It's not like there are not free or low-cost/sliding-scale-fee options through Planned Parenthood. My husband and I had three kids, decided not to have any more kids, and I have not become pregnant in the past 12 years. It's not that difficult to avoid pregnancy.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  179. Anne

    This Woman lacks credibility! I don't believe any of it!
    The morning after pill is to be taken up to 120 hours after unprotected intercourse. If she had an IUD she would not even suspect a pregnancy until well past this time. When asked what the doctors said would happen if she were to conceive again, she did not answer! She talked of a long previous labor not any life threatening complications.
    I think this is just a publicity stunt and CNN fell for it.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  180. VHEMT

    Sounds pretty interesting. I can only offer my congratulations to Ms Jackson. she definitely made the right choice. Come on people We're a virus to this world. We need to die off immediately if we're going to prove any use whatsoever to this dying planet. Unless of course a mad scientist or two could get together and descide on the best and safest procedure would be to blown the moon up into nice country sized floating pieces. The Earth is dying the less humans there are the better.. Angie did the right thing I support her.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  181. blushed

    The issue is the tweeting of the event and not the abortion itself. I am not interested in the personal life of another individual that does not affect all of us directly. I do think it is ridiculous to expose oneself to the public like this. What is our business with your abortion?? Pls keep it to yourself in your house. Why must everything be on twitter?? Facebook and twitter have started becoming too open, or should i say the users give out too much personal information on these forums and to tweet one's personal decision to have an abortion is just a disgusting cry for attention and attempt at grasping ones 15 mins of fame. I dont disagree with the woman's decision seeing as she claimed to have complications in her first pregnancy but i want to know why she has now made this my business by puttin her personal life out there to the point that the media feels the need to inform me and make it my business. There are things i wnt my news to tell me about and its not anybody's abortion.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  182. blc

    Sad.. I feel sorry for her and others who think like that.
    There is a quote that says something about being able to tell the state of a culture by how it treats its weakest members.
    The culture we are in has attempted to normalize the taking of rights from the youngest/smallest/weakest humans.

    The fact that that humans start so tiny and helpless is just biology, not an excuse to kill something because it's so small, all the while convincing yourself that its size and state of development negates the fact that you are taking a life. (The 'It's nothing but a 'blob' argument).

    The unborn are completely dependent upon the protective and nurturing environment of the mother's womb...that should be all the more reason they are protected, not a rationalization for why someone has the 'right' to kill them. (The 'It's MY body argument).

    If she realized the awesome priviledge of being part of helping another human come into this world, maybe she would be willing to risk HER life for her child, instead of demanding the child die so as to secure her own safety.

    ANYTIME and EVERYtime a man and woman have sex (even on birth control) they should consider it a possibility that they might conceive, and be ready and willing to take responsibility for protecting and providing fro the life they might create. To do otherwise is selfish and inhumane to the extreme.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  183. Laine

    It sounds like she is looking for sympathy and attention. I agree that women should have a right to choose but to put that decision in the faces of people who might not be able to get pregnant is just selfish. she will have to live with her decision but why should everyone else?

    March 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  184. Pat

    is this really news? i am pretty sure i read this article a week ago, when it was news...

    March 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  185. Gillie

    It's awful that anyone would minimize the physical or emotional effect of abortion. Regardless of her situation, the video said to women everywhere, "abortion is easy & ok." Its neither.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  186. Angela

    tara .... the sad thing is that 1 and every 3 to 4 women have had an abortion. That is a grave but true statistic. 4,000 unborn babies die a day due to abortion. 1,200 hundred of them being african american babies ... and a total of 800 hundred babies a day in California alone.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  187. Angela

    Tara ..... 1 and every 3 women have had an abortion is a grave but true statistic. 4,000 babies die a day due to abortion .... 1,200 hundred of them being african american babies ... and 800 hundred babies a day just in California alone. =(

    March 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  188. Paul

    ". NO ONE has the right to judge her decision! " - Leslie

    I totally disagree.. That is the same irrational ideology that let's people in some foreign countries disfigure and/or kill their children. Just because you are holding their precious life in your body doesn't mean you have the right to Murder it. I use the term murder because I think it is more fitting than abort. I pray for all those who selfishly choose abortion ,and the lives of those innocent children that are killed before given a chance to live.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  189. Donald Simmons

    A doctor told Tim Tebows mother he would be deformed...he was wrong...you made your decision and now you live with it. There's no doubt, you ended one human life...the life of your own child. It's a chance whenever a woman gets pregnant that something may go wrong. My wife could never have children naturally. We found this out when our son got into baby (fetal) distress. She would have gladly given her life to carry any of our children to term and give them life, putting them before her. You and your doctor are the ones responsible and no one else except those who have kept the lying landmark case of "Roe v Wade" and "Doe v Bolton" in place. The reality will visit you one day ... it may start in your dreams.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  190. shley

    here's how this works...
    we here in america believe in diplomacy and choice...we always have a choice, whether you agree or disagree with her decision, it wasn't your decision to make. thus pro-choice. the right to choose. politics and god are not the same thing.if you want to argue god think on this...if you believe god is the almighty power controlling the consequences of your action one may argue that baby was to never exist...thus it was gods will for the abortion. think on that...but yes, i shall agree, why the woman publicized this is beyond me. that is bad pr to the max.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  191. Jolene

    I had an abortion at 17. Not the greatest choice to have to make and if I had it to do over again, my thought process would have been better, more educated. Would I have made the same choices, I don't honestly know. What I do know is that I am now the mother of 5 and how could I have killed them? I conceived 4 of them while on birth control so they were unplanned by me, but that doesn't mean that they should be killed because they werre uninvited.

    I find it interested that Angie, although stating she didn't want another child, didn't take a more certain step towards insuring that she would NOT become pregnant again. It's call tubal-ligation. Women have them done all the time, it's really pretty simple and in 99.9% effective.

    @Arine. STOP comparing Capital Punishment to Abortion. Those who commit a crime deserve to be punished. If in fact the crime is so heinous that they be put to death, then so be it. An unborn child has committed NO such crime. There is NO comparison.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  192. mickeylee

    First of all, can we please recognize some facts here? This lady said she took precautions to not become pregnant again. (I know there will be the response of abstinence) If you live your life depriving yourself of sex because of not wanting a child, well good for you but for most people who are in love as it seems this lady is, sex is part of a relationship. It's a very natural urge. It has nothing to do with your God..

    Secondly, her first pregnancy almost killed her and her doctor warned her if she had another child she may not survive. If she chose to have this child and neither survived she would be leaving behind a 4 year old child. So that would be okay to you God fearing people that she left her child behind when she could have avoided it? She made a LEGAL choice to abort this potentially very dangerous fetus. Get over it! Most of the complaints coming from "people of god" don't truly live their lives as they preach to everyone else!

    She chose to share this information with the world. If you are offended by it, DON'T WATCH! DON'T LISTEN! There are many things in this world I don't agree with that are out of my control. Making threats to someone who does not believe what I believe makes me no better than them! All you people of god are so quick to judge. If you believe what you preach, LET GOD JUDGE! How can you possible threaten someone and say you are a person of god??? Find the real problems within yourself and stop trying to place blame on they way the rest of the world chooses to live their lives!

    March 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  193. Guest

    This lady is obviously doing this for attention, money, and publicity. This is absolutely disgusting.Having an abortion for medical reasons if fine, live blogging during the abortion is crying for attention and controversy and I hope she gets what she deserves, which is definitely not a book deal.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  194. elska

    Abortion is legal in this country – she had every right to terminate her pregnancy. The pregnancy was an accident, unplanned, and dangerous to her. The abortion was done early. Why not expend energy to support those children who are ALREADY here? Unless each pro-lifer is willing to adopt each one of these unplanned children, he/she should not try to dictate others' choices. Vote to support children....their healthcare, daycare, education. From what I've seen, it's often the pro-lifers who do NOT want to support children once they are here.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  195. Joachim Mueller

    @sammy
    abstinence is 100% safe

    are you human? Do you have instincts and desires? You may be perfect, I am not. And I believe I share that with 99.99% of the world's population.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  196. Cherie

    How on earth can she possibly not be ashamed of murdering a child?? We have truly become a nation of barbarianism.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  197. Sandra

    Hmm, I am left to wonder why Angie didn't go into detail about WHY she couldn't carry this child to term. I have had six children and plenty of back labor and various complications but nothing she has said would threaten a mother's life. She may just be trying to make peace with herself for her decision to end the pregnancy. If her life was truly at stake with another pregnancy, wouldn't she choose tubal ligation or vasectomy (as she stated) simply because the statistics are more likely she would NOT get pregnant?
    Nice way to promote yourself and your book. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for using the death of your child to further your media attention...........

    March 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  198. Tiffany

    I believe this is her choice. Of course there will be people to judge her but you don't know all the facts in her situation. Her tweeting about though makes it whoevers concern because she put it out there and she should be woman enough to handle all the negative comments she will get.

    I wonder too why she didn't get surgically sterile? Maybe it's a medical issue why she couldn't? Maybe her insurance won't cover it? Maybe she has no insurance?

    Having abortions is not illegal (yet).

    March 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  199. dau1776

    If she was so sure she did not want more children, it seems stirilization was more in order. She did not cite the "complications" in print (for technical reasons I could not view the video portion of the website). There is an awful lot to be done to help "complications" and women who want children go through a lot to have them. It is so sad to see she thought she had to destroy her child rather than seek out the ample help available to support her emotionally through whatever fears or medical trouble she has. I have worked at Crisis Pregnancy Centers and know a lot of volunteer help is available.
    For her or anyone else, Rachel's Vineyard (google it 🙂 offers free help after an abortion. Many women are not aware of the terrible emotional and spiritual toll abortion takes on a woman and her family. I will pray for her.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  200. Jessica

    If she knows for sure she will not have another kid, why not have something permanent done? She mentioned tubal ligation and said it doesn't protect against pregnancy 100% but it's pretty darn close! Or maybe her and her boyfriend protect themselves on both fronts: tubal ligation for her and vasectomy for him? I hope they both will be smarter about this in the future.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  201. Lanie

    This is sick and wrong. I am not in support of abortions, but having an abortion and trying to get media attention out of it....sick, sick, sick. I hope this sorry woman feels great for exploiting her never born child. Sure glad her son made the cut.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  202. Carol Everett

    What would make a woman "tweet" such a private issue? Our pain drives each of us. I believe this was a cry for help from this 27 year old single woman. Demystify Abortion?

    Did hear the pain detailed in bleeding, dizziness, severe pain and taking her FIRST round of pain killers? The FDA has received reports of 12 deaths of women and over 600 adverse effects from this human pesticide which included heart attacks, hemorrhaging and surgery. Angie Jackson is one lucky woman to be alive and she is still a mother but with a dead baby.

    Millions of American women hurt from the pain of their abortions – myself included which the media ignores our pain – even to the point of elevating this,story!

    Angiem we hurt with you at the loss of your sweet baby and we stand with you in your physical pain!

    Carol Everett
    mother of aborted Heidi

    March 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  203. jessica

    Im all about free speech and womens rights ( especially on International Women's Day) but im not about to post updates when i get a pap smear or a root canal and i figure an abortion is somewhere between the two.
    The whole point of the RU-486 pill is that its a simpler, safer way to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
    If you want to inform women about abortion, start a support group, not a YouTube account.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  204. Marty

    What do all you GUYS want to do with all of these babies when they are born? Are you going to take care of them? Have you ever gone into labor and had a baby?

    March 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  205. Claire M.

    Thank you for your courage and commitment to our right to openly discuss this common and safe procedure that women keep silent about because some religious teaching is so extremely negative about it. There is an unspoken gag order about abortion, and yet the vast majority of women who have experienced it know their decision to abort was the right one–for whatever reason.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  206. lucy

    CNN seems to have a policy of pretending to be neutral on the abortion issue, while clearly supporting the "pro-life" agenda. Two cells do not a baby make – at least, not for a long time. I am tired of the pretense, not to mention the position.

    If God wants a soul in this universe, I am sure He is clever enough to figure out a way to get it here. And meanwhile, maybe He has a purpose in mind for this woman that doesn't involve producing another child.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  207. Iris

    First of all, if it is true that she could've died from the pregnancy, then she should've had her ovaries removed. I think she only did this to get attention for her "blog" and "book". It is a shame that an unborn baby has to pay the consecuences of a mentally ill "woman". There is a lot of women out there who cannot have children and yet this mentally ill "woman" is killing one because she is too selfish!!!. I had my first son when I was 17, it wasn't planned, I didn't have a job but my husband was man enough to get us through it. I now have 3 children, I was sick for 7 out of 9 mo. on all 3 pregnancies, but a life is a life. If you are "lucky" or "blessed" enoughed to be able to have children and you kill him/her, then I feel sorry for you. You are a selfish person and you do not deserve to be a woman, a doctor should remove your ovaries and another one should give you medication for your mental illnes.

    March 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  208. I CHOOSE to be a PRO-LIFE WOMAN

    I wonder if Angie Jackson would be for informing women about abortions through videos of ultrasound-guided abortions before they get it done– that would help "demistify" abortions.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
  209. Melanie

    Oh so sad and selfish. I was raped when my husband and i were trying to have a baby. We spent 9 months not knowing if we were having our child or I was having my attackers. When the doctor said I should abort this child I shouted to him that I did not care if this child was black, white or poka dot ,he had a right to life. He is a wonderful young man. This women should consider and operation and not murdering children.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  210. Andacar

    Why did she do it? Because it was a chance to get the world to pay attention to ME ME ME! It was a chance to be famous, which seems to be the desperate desire of a large segment of the population these days. I suspect there's already some soulless slob calling her about her own reality show called TWEETYBORT, in which the audience gets to vote on which contestant has to have an abortion this week.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  211. Herby Sagues

    I keep hearing "I'm OK with my decision" as if that was the problem. It would be really stupid that you were NOT OK with your own decisions. I mean, I can disagree with others, but with myself? What kind of moron would I have to be?
    And speaking of that, instead of vowing to get an abortion if you get pregnant again, why not prevent it? There are fairly straightforward methods for insuring you will not get pregnant again. And that do not involve killing a live being (in case you don't agree your son was human).
    And those would be even more effective in removing your genes from the gene pool if that's what you are altruistically trying to achieve for the good of humanity.

    BTW, what does your four year old think about your comments that basically say "If I had to go through some pain and risk again for your life, I would let you die, you are not worth it". I hope you are saving for some long therapy sessions for him.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  212. Herby Sagues

    Marie: this is not the demise of this country. It is the only possibility for survival. If people like these, that don't have enough brain cells to prevent a pregnancy that they think could kill them (right or wrong) keep reproducing we are doomed.
    I'm not saying that an abortion should be mandatory for such people, but short of that, allowing them to remove their genes from our collective gene pool is the best they can do.
    Don't forget their children to be woudl have inherited their genes. Do you really want more people like that?

    March 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
  213. chrischronicles

    So is a bud on a flower not a flower?

    March 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  214. FANYTHNG

    I can't believe the posting by the person who said that ALL pregnancies are PLANNED by the Almighty! Are you serious?! Why don't you tell that to the 12yr old girl who got impregnated by her own father! Oh yeah, it was God's will. Maybe your child, if you have one, will be lucky enough to have a baby at 11 or 12 to glorify God's kingdom.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  215. magnus

    do you really think this woman is showing this video so she can be some sort of crusader for women? she is showing this video because she is a narcissistic attention-grabbing horrible person. i understand that she had a difficult time with her first pregnancy. Fine. She didnt take her abortion pills properly but she will never admit it and, i know these pills are only 99% effective and she happens to be one of the 1% (NOT). She's a liar. But, despite all that, what really irks me is that she takes something so personal and she makes a mockery of it just so she can get attention. she has been on news shows and all that stuff including CNN. she smirks and enjoys what she is doing. its disgusting.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  216. dakedosa

    Sorry to burst some people's bubble, but there is no almighty as one user reffered to above. We are just advance beings that exist here and just as stories change as it gets around, that is what Jesus is too.

    Oh yeah I forgot about the abortion.... It is the Woman's choice, when someone is not ready to have a baby it is probably a wise decision to abort. I do agree that a womon should try to prevent from having to abort by not having sex or using the pill.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  217. misty

    Very sick person...I am appalled by your behavior.

    Shame on you.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  218. Ardie

    Please don't ever show anything like that again.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  219. Aamira

    How can people send in comments saying that it is HER personal choice!?!?! A choice is do you want paper or plastic, do you own a house or do you rent, do you like cats or dogs. Those are legitimate choices! How can it be her choice whether not another person lives or dies!?!?! That is not a choice, whether a selfish reasoning with herself that she is doing what's best for "HER". And if you medically had to end the pregnancy, what would be the point of posting it on Twitter? Only to boast on how you are legally able to kill another person? If Allah (swt) had meant for us to be able to have a choice on whether or not we could end a pregnancy he would have put a button on our stomachs to flush out the baby. Its not natural, its not healthy, and its immoral.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:42 am |
  220. Theron

    She should've never put this on youtube. This is her private business. Why show this to the world? What does she accomplish by doing this? This doesn't make sense to me.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  221. Super J

    It bothers me that people are taking seriously a person who's marketing a book and refers to herself as "the Gwen Stefani of Atheists."

    I don't believe a word that comes out of her mouth. Some people would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  222. Hímiin Teqecíiqin

    Marty said
    "What do all you GUYS want to do with all of these babies when they are born? Are you going to take care of them?"

    Society should step up to the plate and ensure that a woman with a small child should not suffer a loss of living standards, but rather she and her child should be welcomed in every way possible. A woman with a small child should be assisted to complete her education, or to find work, whatever her rational choice might be.

    Marty said
    "Have you ever gone into labor and had a baby?"

    No, of course not. I've been present at the birth of our own assisting as best I might, and while in the Army had an opportunity to assist a Vietnamese mother give birth. It obviously isn't fun, though experiences differ based upon the particular physiology of the mother.

    But, Marty, you and I were both once in a womb. Our respective mothers carried us to birth. I have three kids and two grandkids. Who should have the right to determine that neither I nor my descendants ever have existed? Who should have the right to determine that you never have existed?

    March 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  223. Daniel M

    She said it had the potential to be a person, to have the DNA of her and her boyfriend... but it already did. It had the DNA, instructing it on it's way to develop all physical systems that compose a person. There is no other way for a person to be made, nor is there any other destination for an embryo, it is the beginnings of a person, just like a child is the beginnings of an adult. A child is no adult, dependent on parents to survive, but we all acknowledge and encourage that growth into adulthood. Somewhere legalese and science made people comfortable with labeling certain stages of a babies development as "ok here not a kid, but after this point a kid". When a sperm and egg meet and start multiplying, that IS the unraveling great mystery of a child's introduction to this world. There is NO alternative to come from that embryo but a human, therefore it is a human, nothing else.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  224. devil'sadvocate

    how much of a gift is the gift of life if it comes out all messed up do to complications with the pregnancy...?

    March 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  225. kara

    Hi other post people as a female that had a abortion I know what some woman go through after a abortion it is a disease called
    post abortion stress. my abortion was 9 years ago and I still suffer from the regret of letting my twin babies father have me get the abortion. I grief my babies death to abortion everyday. this girl seems like she brags about her abortion which is sickening to me. alot of women and girl get the post abortion stress after. my childrens names are virginia rose and william kennieth siddons. As far as the religion situation Jesus knew when he created you that you would get a abortion and yes I do go to chuch and have repented for my choice to abort. I truly loved my babies and grief for them everyday.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  226. Stacey

    When Angie was asked what her doctor told her would happen if she were to continue with another pregnancy, Angie did not answer the question but rather stated that in her last pregnancy, she had 98 hours of back labor. She mentioned she had a difficult pregnancy but did not elaborate. Nor did she specify what medical issues she has which supposedly are life threatening in pregnancy. She also indicated she's a blogger and is writing a book. She did all of this over the internet to gain attention in order to promote her blog and to promote her book. All of the comments and feedback positive and negative she is using in order to endorse herself. That is why she posted and tweeted and videotaped on you tube her abortion. She indicated she brings up controversial topics. She thrives on the attention from others. That is what this is really about – an attention seeking immature young woman who lacks common sense and social morals. No woman in the right mind set would callously post and video tape on-line themselves experiencing an abortion and/or miscarriage. It’s a painful experience both physically and emotionally. It’s disturbing that this woman decided without thinking to post on line for millions of people to view and to criticize and to commercialize. It’s nasty.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  227. Brie

    That's actually pretty cool. I have an IUD and if I got pregnant with it, I'd most likely get an abortion. I might a single tweet about it, but it's kind of too personal of a thing for me to want to go through the process about. Medically speaking though, I bet that her tweets and videos will be helpful to those curious about the topic or considering an induced miscarriage themselves.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  228. Stacey

    I cannot imagine that her tweets and videos are helpful to anyone. I personally would rather get my information from a medical professional. This girl lived in a cult. She clearly has issues.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  229. Randy

    What some people won't do for attention.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  230. Marisa

    I feel saddened by this woman's attitude about her own unborn child. I almost died in childbirth as well, but that wouldn't cause me to believe that the life of my unborn child is worth any less than mine. All life is sacred. I'm sickend by this. But, she too was created by God. I pray that instead of attacking this woman, Christians will pray for her and her family. No one is beyond the reach of a loving and forgiving God.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  231. crystal

    I do not think people should not things like that because it is not right. The people that are pargent should keep the baby full trim. But if you are a kid your self then I can see it but not a adlut.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  232. Who cares

    considering that the world population is over 6 billion and the earth is barely able to support its children, no woman should be allowed to have more than 1 child and all second pregnancies should be aborted by law. Children are not gifts of God. They are the result of human lust. And I do not believe that life is sacred. If it were, America would not be killing people in Iraq and Afghanistan to avenge 9/11. Before u think of rights of unborn babies, think of rights of living people. Before u ban abortion, ban war, ban capital punishment. An eye for an eye never solved any problem. In my opinion a serial killer is just an innocent as an unborn baby. Because the serial killer wouldn't kill if he thought he was doing anything wrong. So, don't ban abortion. Ban state sponsored ways of killing live humans.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  233. An atheist

    Does anybody have any reason other than God why abortions should not be allowed. If life is so sacred, stop killing animals. In fact stop having vegetables like potato and carrots cause you kill a plant when u eat it. It would be immoral if this woman had an abortion and hid it from the world. Because that means she was ashamed of it. But if SHE feels that she did nothing wrong than she did nothing wrong. As Shakespeare said, "Nothing is good or bad, thinking makes it so". She obviously thinks that what she did is right. So why condemn her.

    March 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  234. Bill

    Ms. Jackson must have been on her back during labor, most likely in what is termed among midwives as the "dead bug position," that is, with the woman flat on her back with her feet in stirrups above hip level. If that was her labor position, it should be known that Lamaze advises all mothers-to-be to avoid that position. There is no help from gravity, and the baby's weight works against the progress of labor. Furthermore, the baby's weight rests against major blood vessels and can shut them down and stop the mother's heart. "Dead bug" is a dangerous birthing position, even though it is still widely practiced because of its convenience for obstetricians. If she did go "dead bug" her argument that abortion is necessary to save her life is seriously weakened.
    Another blogger commented that she herself opposes abortion, considering it wrong, but that everyone should have the right to have one. That is morally inconsistent with itself. Abraham Lincoln brought out the fallacy of such reasoning in one of his debates with Stephen Douglas, who had said privately he himself didn't like slavery but still favored popular sovereignty: "When Judge Douglas says he 'don't care whether slavery is voted up or down' – you will see at once that this is perfectly logical, if you do not admit that slavery is wrong. If you do admit that it is wrong, Judge Douglas cannot logically say he don't care whether a wrong is voted up or voted down. Judge Douglas declares that if any community want slavery they have a right to have it. He can say that logically, if he says that there is no wrong in slavery; but if you admit that there is a wrong in it, he cannot
    logically say that any body has a right to do wrong." So to say that you don't like abortion, that it gives you the creeps, but whether to have one should be up to the individual woman, one part of the sentence is saying that abortion is wrong, and the other part is saying that there is nothing wrong with abortion. Moral consistency would be to say, "Abortion is wrong, and it should be illegal," or "There is nothing wrong with abortion, and everyone who wants one should be able to have one." You can't say X is morally wrong, but everyone should be free to do X.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  235. Barbara Beute

    I would like to ask that if Ms. Jackson knew that she did not want to ever become pregnant again because of the severity of her pregnancy with her 4 yr old little boy (or for any reason she so should choose), why did she not just go ahead and have a tubal ligation? I know she commented that tubals nor vascectomies are not 100%, I know though that they are more sure of preventing pregnancy than any form of birth control can offer. I want to also just let her know, that while she may not regret destroying that "potential life", as she said, there is going to come a time in her life that she will regret having taken the life of her child. Something will trigger some degree of regret some time in her life and would like to just let her know that if she should so choose, she may go to any Pregnancy Care Center, Pro Life Center, not any Women's Center, that is Pro Abortion/Choice, and they can help her deal and heal from that past decision of murder. I know because I have had an abortion, I have worked in 2 different abortion facililties in Dallas and have suffered from those deicisions involving the deaths of not only my own child, but hundreds of other children and found that after going through a post abortion recovery group, that I felt so much better about my self and my dead child that I have now led many groups over the past 6 years. There is hurt after abortion, not just physically as the child is removed from the uterus, but, emotionally. Also, physically, abortion has been linked to breast cancer. I, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. So, abortion has affected me in many ways. I am here for her, and any others who would like encouragement "dealing" with the negative aspects of their past abortion(s).
    Thank you,
    Barbara Beute, Holly Hill, FL

    March 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  236. Violet

    Barbara,

    She did not have a tubal ligation because, without insurance, the procedure costs something like $10,000 - money she doesn't even come close to having.

    The failure rate of tubal ligations is the same as the IUD failure rate, and so she had an IUD put in. It's cheaper, and it's not major surgery (not surgery at all). She ended up being one of that small number of women whose IUDs fail.

    The irony I find here is that if we had universal health care now, she probably would have had a tubal ligation, and could easily have not ended up in this situation at all. Yet the "pro-life' people I've asked have said they don't support health care reform under any circumstances. If health care reform would prevent unwanted pregnancies by giving women (and men) better access to contraception, it would also reduce the number of abortions. But that's not enough to support reform, apparently.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  237. Stacey

    Personally, I don't believe her claim about medical issues. She NEVER indicates what they are and only talks about her last labor and pregnancy. She mentions it was a difficult pregnancy and she had 98 hours of back labor. Wow. Give me a break. The labor with my first child was that long. I was on an epidural block w/pitocin and had a catheter. I had gestational diabetes. My child was born by forceps after I was in labor in pain for days which left bruising on his face for weeks. This was in 1990, Angie, spare me your sob story of back labor. That is not life threatening. What angers me is the fact that she did not have any respect for herself, for her unborn child, for her 4 year old child, for her boyfriend, for her family to maintain respectable privacy. Instead, she brags about taking the ru486 abortion pill and threw her abortion on-line for everyone to see, to hear, to discuss, to criticize, to commend. It's disgusting. I personally have suffered from miscarriages and regrettably an abortion when I was 21. I am 47 now and I still to this day carry that pain and that guilt of my uneducated decision to abort. I never told my mother, my 3 sisters, my 2 brothers, my closest friend. It's not something to talk lightly over. I have barely told maybe 2 closest people in my life after 26 years. Any caring woman would not discuss her decision to have an abortion openly (at least for a while). The reason Angie threw it out in public was to promote her book. That's all. She says "You won't silence me." She's just an immature girl who lived in a cult who doesn't know exactly when she was born (according to her). She's looking for attention and boy did we ever give it to her. She's got all the attention and loving it. So abortion aside, she is an immature girl seeking attention for anyone that will give it to her so she can use all of the feedback good or bad in order to write and promote her book.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  238. Hímiin Teqecíiqin

    Who cares wrote, in part:
    "And I do not believe that life is sacred. If it were, America would not be killing people in Iraq and Afghanistan to avenge 9/11."
    I do not think that President Bush was in charge of determining what is sacred.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  239. Lyubov

    "The blood of innocent is crying to heaven..." Poor world, get ready for punishment! I am shocked how mortal sin became a norm. Nobody needs any special education in moral theology to know the basic truth that baby (=fetus, pregnancy, few missed periods etc. - titles do not change the essence!) is the same human as all of us. We all were "fetuses"... Everything that little creature needs is a chance to let him grow. Give him love, time and chance.
    Listen to your heart people - the law about Truth is written there... At least should be, unless it hardened like a stone from pleasure in sins.
    In the very end there is more harm to the woman who aborted that to unborn child. Baby is loosing earthly experience, but has eternal life. Her mother "saves her life" (big doubt she would die from delivery: my friend had a C-section for 6months old baby who happily grew up in intensive care) for price of loosing eternity...
    I am not God and I am not sending anybody to hell. There are moral Absolutes. One of them "You shall not kill".
    I am praying for God's Mercy because it is a horror!
    P.S. If risk of dying for this mother would be so real wouldn't doctor gave her medical advise to be "fixed"?!

    March 14, 2010 at 4:25 am |