EP113 - Naming a Baby that was Electively Terminated with Raina Brown

Black Women and Abortion

Abortion and Elective Termination has always been a topic in the US, with many opposing views. Roe v. Wade was a 1973 landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The court ruled that a state law that banned abortions (except to save the life of the mother) was unconstitutional. The ruling made abortion legal in many circumstances. With the 2020 presidential election around the corner, states like Alabama, Georgia, and recently Missouri are attempting to pass laws to reduce gestation age for abortions up to banning abortions all together, thus attempting to overturn Roe. vs. Wade. For September we are exploring the healing and grief side of abortion on the Sisters in Loss Podcast. In the medical world miscarriages are called spontaneous abortions, and in this community we have to learn how to extend grace to individuals who electively terminate their pregnancies no matter their choice. Join us this month as we explore abortion stories and how healing, grief, and shame can keep all of us bound.

After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) today’s guest was surprised when she found out she was pregnant and the child’s father asked her to terminate the pregnancy. Raina Brown shares intimate details of her choice to terminate her pregnancy, how she conquered grief, and how she is healing by identifying and naming her baby she never had a chance to hold. This episode is for you to listen to if you ever have been in a relationship and had to make a decision that was life altering like deciding to have an abortion.

Raina Brown’s Bio
I am author entrepreneur a aunt. I focus on Mental Health within the African-American community and military families. I am working on my Master's in marriage and family therapy with an emphasis in military families. I believe that every struggle in life and every test that we go through in life will come out to be a wonderful testimony to help somebody else out and help them live their purpose I understand that it's okay not to be okay.

Tell me about your journey to motherhood? What obstacles have you overcome?

My journey to Motherhood is interesting to say the least. I have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome and depending on the different cases it can actually be harder for some to get pregnant or harder for those to hold on to their child. With me one would say that because I may not have any children that are living that I don't understand the journey to Motherhood the obstacles I have to overcome is the fact that in all actuality there is a great chance that I will not be a mother well biological mother I may not be able to feel my baby kick I may not be able to literally push out a child. But I do know that even if that's the case I can still adopt I can still hopefully have a surrogate if that's the case. What makes it hard is because when you know you have the chance to have a baby and something may have happened it makes you feel less than. But I know that either way I will be a mother I'm a wonderful asked you to my five nieces and nephew who Adore Me and I adore them. Right now I just have everything in God's hands it is what it is

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