Open Book: Sanya Richards Ross Reveals Heartbreaking Abortion 1 Day Prior To 2008 Olympics

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Sanya Richardson Ross Reveal Secret Abortion Prior To 2008 Olympics

This past February Sanya Richards Ross became a happily pregnant wife, but in her new book Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life, the gold medal winner revealed that there was a time when things were not so.

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Ross says that just one day before leaving to go to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she had an abortion to terminate an unexpected pregnancy with Giants baller and then finacé, Aaron Ross.


“Everything I ever wanted seemed to be within reach,” she writes. “The culmination of a lifetime of work was right before me. In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all. The debate of when life begins swirled through my head, and the veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me?”

“I made a decision that broke me, and one from which I would not immediately heal,” she writes. “Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I’d wear. I was a champion— and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair.”

Sanya says that as much as the decision haunted her, her husband’s apathy was just as damaging:

“I always harbored some resentment toward Ross. It was our mess-up, but I felt abandoned in the decision,” she writes. “It was like by not saying anything, neither agreeing nor opposing, he kept his conscience clear, but it wasn’t fair. We were in it together.”

She adds, “[Ross] explained to me that he was just as burdened by the decision as I was. He believed that our child in 2008 was a blessing we had rejected by always wanting to be in control.”

Sounds heavy, we’ll definitely have to pick up a copy of this book.

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