Former Miss America Vanessa Williams recently revealed being pregnant and having an abortion when she was a teenager. The Desperate Housewives star sat down with ABC’s Nightline and opened up about how being sexualized at an early age caused her to think pregnancy was normal.
“Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life. I knew in high school that’s something that I was not prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with,” the 49-year-old said in a recent interview about being molested at an early age by a female family friend.
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If you are a Cox Communications or Direct TV subscriber in Las Vegas, chances are you are among a legion of fans, who tune in weekly to watch Williams play the role of Renee Perry on Desperate Housewives. In the movie, she is a, well…spoiled and conceited rich woman, who flaunts her wealth. Who knew Vanessa Williams was pregnant and had an abortion as a teen?
Joined by her mother Helen Williams, Vanessa said that she hid the abortion from her family out of fear in being an outcast, citing a 4/18/12 Radar Online report. Somehow, she managed to put the experience and bad choices made in the past behind her.
Today, she is a proud mommy of four. In her upcoming memoir, You Have No Idea, she opens up about her long-held secret, the pain, the abuse, and the nude photos she took that ultimately led to a loss of her Miss America crown.
Based on 2008 statistics collected on this website, the state of Nevada held the number eight position among fifty states in the frequency of induced abortions.
Additionally, women can only get public funding for terminated pregnancies if they are experiencing life threatening situations. And being that Las Vegas is the largest city in the state, it accounts for the largest number of induced abortions.
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