Designer Donna Karan Talks About Her 1973 Abortion

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In an interview with HuffPost Live, designer Donna Karan spoke frankly about her decision to have an abortion in 1973, the same year that the Roe vs. Wade decision went into effect.

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Karan said that she became pregnant while married to Mark Karan but in a relationship with Stephan Weiss, whom she would later marry. “We weren’t sure whose child it was,” she said in the interview. Karan continued:

“I said, ‘I can’t even fathom doing this,’ and abortion had just been legalized...it was that week. I told Mark about it and I said, ‘I really think this is what I have to do,’ and he agreed with me and supported me completely on it.”

The designer called the decision a “difficult” one, but the right one. “That was the life I was living at that moment in time,” she said.

Karan added that she was telling her story to express support for other women who have made, or are making, the decision to have an abortion. “I wanted to show [other women] that I’m with them,” she said. “I totally understand what it’s like. I went through it.”

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My daughter in law is going through something right now. It’s really hard, but I had to counsel her to have an abortion the other day. It’s hard because last year she lost a baby at 6 months pregnant, and fears if she has an abortion that she might not ever be able to have a baby.

It’s for health reasons, though, that she shouldn’t be pregnant right now. But I know she wants a baby more than anything. Plus, she is from the Philipines, which is a very Catholic country, so there is that.

I am just right now hoping that the U.S. Military gives them on base to wives of service members.