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Cher Opens Up About Her 3 Miscarriages, First When She Was 18

The United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June has been a devastating blow to women and human rights. Hurt and anger has been felt both within the country, and all around the world.

People have spent the last month venting their anger over the massive restrictions to abortion access that have happened as a result of the ruling. Cher has recently been one such person.

On July 18, Cher tweeted her story, opening up about miscarriages she'd suffered in the past.

"When I was young I had 3 miscarriages.1st at 18," Cher, 76, wrote. "I was alone in our house. son came home & I was sobbing,& rocking on our floor."

"when I got 2 dr I was screaming in pain."

"couldn’t even stop in elevator.dr sent me straight 2 hospital,& in2 operating rm."

She concludes the tweet by asking, "WHAT WOULD HAPPEN 2 ME TODAY," referring to how her miscarriage treatments could've been impacted by abortion bans.

In response to a fan's reaction, Cher stated that she never thought she'd have to share her story until now.

Cher's headshot from the 1970s.
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"Never thought I’d need 2," she wrote in a reply. "These Insane republicans will kill our WOMEN 4 POLITICS‼️"

She continued to vent her frustration with the current political climate.

Cher performing in 2019.
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"MOTHERS, SISTERS AUNTS, COUSINS, BEST FRIENDS…NO WOMAN IS SAFE IN AMERICA‼️ SOON NO SANE PERSON WILL BE SAFE. THESE ARE NOT JUST WORDS, NO CLIMATE LAWS, NO💰4 NEW POWER GRIDS. GOP=GUNS, FEAR, VIOLENCE."

Cher is just one of many high-profile celebrities and figures to speak out against the June 24th ruling.

Michelle Obama, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, Alyssa Milano, and many others have shared their own outrage across social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Some, like Cher, shared their own stories.

Dancing With the Stars's Cheryl Burke posted her own story to TikTok, discussing how she had an abortion at 18.

"I wouldn't have been a great mother and I definitely wouldn't be sitting with you today," she said.

Others posted resources to help anyone who is pregnant or able to get pregnant through this time.

"The court has failed us all — but we won’t back down. I’m going to keep fighting because everyone deserves access to the care they need," Megan Thee Stallion wrote in an Instagram post.

Cher's story also reminds us that, whether it's voluntary or involuntary, abortion is healthcare.

Three women standing together while holding flowers.
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Outright bans on abortion can severely impact the kind of healthcare a woman, trans man, or nonbinary person may be able to access.

In truth, abortion bans can have negative impacts on broader pregnancy-related healthcare.

A stethoscope resting on a hospital bed.
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Many procedures to expel miscarried fetuses are similar to elective abortions, and there have already been reports of women who have miscarried being denied these procedures.

In general, Cher uses her social media presence to speak out against conservative government practices and the infringements on human rights.

When the decision was announced on June 24th, Cher also tweeted her anger toward the Supreme Court.

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