TAMPA, FL -- A Florida woman is facing backlash and death threats after she posted the details of her abortion on Twitter and YouTube.
Angie Jackson was four weeks pregnant when she made a YouTube video. In it, she shocked many when she said, "I am having an abortion-right now."
In the next three minutes, Jackson, detailed her reaction to mifepristone, commonly known as the abortion pill (RU-486 during development).
On YouTube she said, "It's not that bad, it's not that scary, it's basically like a miscarriage. I am live tweeting my abortion on Twitter, not for a publicity stunt or attention or to justify it for myself. I am at peace with my decision. I am doing this to demystify abortion so other women know that it is not nearly as terrifying as I had myself worked up thinking. It is not that bad. This is nothing compared to child birth, compared to labor for me. This is the best choice. It is not that bad and I want people to know that it is out there if you need this."
Her video went viral. People from across the globe reacted. There were messages of support calling Jackson a brave woman, to those who feel abortion is wrong calling her a killer.
Because of the intense emotion and debate, Jackson, a blogger and outspoken antitheist, a person who does not believe in faith, has gone from being very public to requesting privacy.
She said she chose abortion because of life threatening complications in her first pregnancy, and to protect the child she does have, a 4-year-old boy with special needs.
On YouTube she said, "He is my world. I want to stay alive and be his mom a lot longer, so I am having an abortion."
But that choice, she fears, has put him in danger.
"I have received numerous death threats. People have made violent threats toward my son. One was someone wishing he would be cut up and ripped from limb to limb in front of me. I want people to know that I am reporting every threat to the FBI," Jackson says.
In fear of retaliation, has asked me to keep the details of where she lives private. But it hasn't stopped her from defending her position via the web, especially to those that have used religion.
On one video she dubbed "Still Not Ashamed" she said, "Who are you to speak for what God wants?"
But, Monsignor Desmond Daly of Christ the King Church, who viewed the video the first time with ABC Action News, does question her motives.
"The way she presented this whole thing is tawdry in the least. I am angry, not just because I am a pastor or because I am a man, but because I am a human being. I look at her and she is smiling throughout the whole thing and she is kind of flaunting her situation and taunting at the same time eliciting a response from us who believe that abortion is a dreadful thing," Daly said.
Daly, who has led the church for the past 8 years and has been associated with Christ the King for 15 years, said he just doesn't understand why Jackson would choose this medium.
"It was disturbing. It was disturbing on many levels, on how this goes on YouTube and how she uses it in such a manner. She says she does not want publicity, but evidently she does because she is getting it right now."
Jackson responded, "I am angry at religion. I am angry at religious institutions, but those have nothing to do with my decision to have an abortion."
She insists this was to give women a voice and not for any publicity.
"I am a very open and public person. I talk about a lot of taboo subjects on my blog and video, so this is just an extension of the person I am. I went into this very naively. I certainly did not go into this with any designs for publicity or being a figurehead. I practiced my legal right as a woman and an American to have an abortion. I should not be told that I can not say anything about this and I don't deserve to be threatened."
Asked if she had any regrets, she says "Just the blue eye shadow I was wearing."
Reported by: Reported by: Sarina Fazan/abcactionnews
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