Washington state elected officials share abortion stories

“I had to. It was important. It was the moment.” Washington Sen. Mona Das among state leaders who shared they had a history of abortions.

WASHINGTON, USA – Following the US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, several celebrities and prominent female public figures shared their personal abortion experiences on social media in support of abortion rights.

Other prominent women, including Washington lawmakers, also revealed their abortion experiences.

Some shared their stories at abortion rights rallies.

Thousands of people demonstrated for abortion rights after the US Supreme Court ruling. Among those in the crowd was Washington Sen. Mona Das (D-47th Legislative District).

Das stepped forward, grabbed a megaphone and told the crowd that she, too, had an abortion in her early 20s.

“I had to. It was important,” Das said. “It was the moment.”

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Das said it inspired her to hear other leading women in Washington share their abortion stories.

“I was fed up with the shame,” Das said. “Twenty-seven years of keeping this secret. I knew it was my turn to share.”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has openly shared that she has had an abortion in the past, and recently State Rep. Beth Doglio shared her story at a rally.

“I decided to have an abortion. My first son was an infant. My husband’s job required him to work 24/7, so for the most part I was able to manage on my own and at the time didn’t feel emotionally, mentally or physically fit to handle another child,” Doglio said. “Parenting is by far the hardest job I’ve ever had.”

Doglio, who is running as the Democratic nominee for the 22nd Legislative District House of Representatives and was a former Washington state representative, said she had her second child five years later.

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“I know that by making this decision, I’ve been a better mother and a better partner to the three people I love and cherish most in this world, my two sons and my husband,” Doglio said.

to Watch the full interview with KING 5’s Farah Jadran with Das and Doglio on their abortion experiences and their views on the future of abortion rights, see the video player Above.

Washington State Republican Senator for ‘Pro Decisions’

Washington State Rep. Jenny Graham (R-6th Legislative District) said she was an abortion survivor after her mother decided to carry her to term despite a family member urging her to have an abortion. Her mother is a survivor of domestic violence.

Graham told KING 5 that she understands both sides of the pro-life and pro-choice attitude.

“There’s such a divide,” Graham said. “You’re either pro-choice or pro-life, but people like me are ‘pro-choice’.”

Graham said the funding would focus on supporting women during pregnancy and after their children are born – “to give women choices,” including putting their child up for adoption. She said the country’s adoption process needs to become “simpler” so that people who want to become parents don’t have to seek international adoptions.

A survivor of sexual assault as a child and teen, Graham said she felt lucky because she didn’t get pregnant at the time.

“I’m glad I wasn’t put in this position to make that choice,” Graham said. “It’s a difficult situation.”

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