Angie Jackson describes abortion on Twitter, YouTube
- From: Fox US News
- March 02, 2010 5:51AM
A 27-year-old woman who gave a running commentary of her abortion on Twitter and YouTube says she is astonished by the backlash she has received.
- Couldn't have baby due to health reasons
- Tweeted abortion to "demystify" it
- People angry at graphic nature
Angie Jackson claimed she did it to "demystify" abortion. But opponents have been outraged by her decision to go public and by the graphic nature of her Tweets. One critic even compared her to a scorpion killing its young, Fox News reports.
The American woman discovered her pregnancy in time to take the abortion pill RU-486, which works by blocking the hormone progesterone.
Using the username antitheistangie
she began tweeting the results.
"Okay, the pain starting to get distracting," was followed by "Definitely bleeding now."
When watching a play she declared: "Had to change my pad at intermission." A short while later she tweeted: "Ugh. Puking. Antibiotics are making me sicker than misoprostol."
Ms Jackson also defended her decision while having her abortion on YouTube.
Watch her YouTube post here
Ms Jackson, who lives in Tampa, Florida, with her boyfriend, already has a four-year-old son with special needs.
After a life-threatening first pregnancy, she was advised by doctors not to have any more children. When her contraception failed, she says she had to make a choice.
"I had made a decision when my son was born to try to not get pregnant again, and if that failed I'd planned I would get an abortion if I needed one," she said.
"My goal is to stay alive, and the best chance of that is to have an abortion.
"I don't feel like I'm doing anything different from what I do every day, but now I have people calling me a killer; it's surreal."
Angry responses on Twitter included:
xalisae: "Scorpion mothers will grab one of their children from their backs and eat it if she gets hungry. So u're @ the same level?"
mrsalbrecht: "With so many pregnancies that beat the odds, how can you be sure that killing your baby is absolutely necessary?
Ms Jackson maintains Tweeting was the only way for her to get the support she needed.
"Emotionally, for me, doing this in the open and having the support of my friends has made this immeasurably easier," she said.