When One Actress Got Trolled After Having An Abortion, She Found Solace At A Pro-Choice Christian Church

“I think a woman’s moral agency is that she has autonomy over herself."

Actress Amy Brenneman experienced hate like never before after revealing she'd had an abortion. On the flip side of that darkness, she found light in a pro-choice Christian church that offered her the support she needed to get through.  

"I'd actually been public about having had an abortion about 10 years ago, but that was pre-social media," she explains about the abortion she had when she was 21 years old. "Now, in the age of Twitter and Facebook, I was trolled pretty viciously."

The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress opens up about the daunting experience caused by a decision she has never regretted to Lives of Women — "an intimate portrait series that showcases the voices, thoughts, and experiences of women as shaped by their past choices, present, and hopes for the future."

Brenneman describes the experience of withstanding the social media abuse as "transformative," but something else that changed her life was the church, which believes "in the moral agency of women."

The NYPD Blue star uses her faith and the congregation that supports her to lift her up from the remnants of the harsh, cursing comments she received on social media, which caused her to fall into a dark place.

"I think a woman's moral agency is that she has autonomy over herself to decide what is right for her body and decide what is right for her fetus," Brenneman says. "So I don't feel like I'm in conflict with where I go every Sunday."

She's found inner strength, power, and acceptance in living alongside the attackers, who she feels she could never win over because "they hate me and they say horrible things about me."

She adds, "It's really freeing."


Watch Brenneman's video below:


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