Catholic Star Vanessa Williams Is Frank About Her Abortion

Catholic Star Vanessa Williams Is Frank About Her Abortion April 19, 2012

Actress, singer, and former Miss America Vanessa Williams has a new memoir out, and damn. Williams is sharing tons of personal information from over the last few decades – the kind of stuff that the Kardashians could have turned into a dozen magazine covers and sobby Barbara Walters interviews by now.

One of the revelations is that Williams had a secret abortion (so secret that her parents didn’t even know) after an unplanned teenage pregnancy. On Nightline, reporter Juju Chang asked Williams if it was hard for her, as a “nice Catholic girl,” to get an abortion. Williams replied, “It’s frightening. Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life and I knew in high school that that was something I was not prepared to do or fight or struggle with.” Later, her mother (who cowrote the book) added, “I’m sorry she had to deal with this by herself.”

Jezebel dubbed Williams an “unapologetic badass” for refusing to apologize for having had an abortion, but we’ll see if any Catholic leaders feel the same way.

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  • Eileen Nguyen

    You know, Christian leaders have been arguing about abortion at least since St. Augustine (he, if I’m remembering correctly, went back and forth on the issue a lot). And St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the most importantly Catholic Church fathers (since Protestants don’t really accept his teachings), thought that while abortion was always wrong, a fetus wasn’t actually a person capable of being murdered until it “quickened,” which is when he pinpointed the development of its soul. So while a late-term abortion was considered murder, and therefore a mortal sin, an early-term one was just a venial sin. And considering how many venial sins everyone commits on a regular basis, that’s not so bad.

    It still makes me think less of her, though.

    • Cchllover

      and it makes me think less of you for judging her you tramp slut!