Olympic Medalist Says Grief, Depression After Abortion Led to Athletic Suspension


One of the most painful aspects of our nation’s endorsement of abortion is that as millions of unborn children have cruelly lost their lives, an untold number of mothers who have lost their babies in abortion often suffer severely with the psychological and spiritual aftermath.

Olympic hurdler Brianna McNeal recently disclosed that it was grief from an abortion that caused her to miss a mandatory drug test, resulting in a five-year suspension from competition.

McNeal won the gold medal for the 100-meter hurdle race in 2016.

Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport affirmed the suspension decision, made by the Athletics Integrity Unit last month.

McNeal was at first vague about the reasons behind her suspension, but over the course of two interviews as reported by The New York Times, she opened up.

The reality is heartbreaking.

On January 21, 2020, a drug tester visited McNeal’s home to administer the required drug test. When she did not answer, she was contacted by the Athletics Integrity Unit to explain. She would later tell them she had a “surprise medical procedure.” This was, she is now saying, to try to keep the abortion private.

The athlete later secured a note from the clinic to confirm the procedure, but believing that they had gotten the dates wrong, she changed the date on multiple related documents on separate occasions, which she says was a result of being “shaken and disoriented” from the abortion, according to the Times.

“I tried to keep the abortion private, but they just kept tugging and tugging at me, wanting more information,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that I was charged with a violation because I had the dates mixed up by just 24 hours. It’s not like the procedure didn’t happen.”

She also says she was chastised by investigators for seeking spiritual counsel instead of psychiatry as she grappled with depression from the abortion.

“I told them, ‘Oh, really? For me, growing up in the Black community, that’s how we cope with everything — we go to church and we talk to our pastor or spiritual adviser,” she explained. “I just feel like they have not been compassionate at all.”

The Times notes that “McNeal said that as a Christian, she felt guilt about the abortion, which she underwent so she could compete in the 2020 Games. She said she was even more crushed when the Games were postponed until 2021, because the delay meant she could have had the baby after all.”

It is a horrific lie we tell to women that a baby will ruin their lives or career as if success or fame are worth a human life.

Remember to keep the women who are suffering from abortion grief, guilt, and regret in your prayers as we fight to end systemic abortion, and say a special prayer for Brianna McNeal with us.

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