Pro-life women are speaking out after singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks told a British newspaper that much of her success can be credited to an abortion.
Nicks, 72, was a lead singer with the band Fleetwood Mac before she recorded several solo albums beginning in 1981.
She told The Guardian for an Oct. 14 story that a 1979 abortion kept her career on track. She had become pregnant with Eagles singer Don Henley.
“If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac,” Nicks told the newspaper. “There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs … I would have had to walk away.
“And I knew that the music we were going to bring to the world was going to heal so many people’s hearts and make people so happy,” Nicks added. “And I thought: you know what? That’s really important. There’s not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers. That was my world’s mission.”
Several pro-life women say Nicks’ opinion reflects skewed priorities.
“The ultimate lie that feminists tell women. … you have to have an abortion in order to succeed. So sad,” tweeted Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life.
The ultimate lie that feminists tell women...you have to have an abortion in order to succeed. So sad. https://t.co/WaULpIMTkf— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) October 16, 2020
“And that's the problem with our society — children being viewed as a burden, as something that will hinder you from achieving your goals,” tweeted writer Alana Mastrangelo. “Children and success are NOT mutually exclusive. (See Amy Coney Barrett as the perfect example).”
And that's the problem with our society — children being viewed as a burden, as something that will hinder you from achieving your goals.— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) October 15, 2020
Children and success are NOT mutually exclusive. (See Amy Coney Barrett as the perfect example).https://t.co/n0gqVS0DMM
Alexandra DeSanctis, a writer with National Review, called Nicks’ story “heartbreaking.” DeSanctis favorably quoted a National Review columnist who wrote, “Every woman who wants a baby but considers herself ‘too busy’ ... should look to [Amy Coney] Barrett as an example of how life expands to make room for more possibilities than you can imagine.”
“Every woman who wants a baby but considers herself ‘too busy’ . . . should look to Barrett as an example of how life expands to make room for more possibilities than you can imagine.” @rkylesmith on the heartbreaking story of Stevie Nicks’ four abortions: https://t.co/tVKMa3nI6A— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) October 13, 2020
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.