It all started Monday when the winningest gymnast of all time asked her 6.9 million Instagram followers submit their “unpopular opinions” so she could give her own take on them. When one user shared the “unpopular opinion” that “abortion is wrong,” Biles responded with some strong points in support of abortion.
“I already know this is going to start the biggest argument [and] may even lose followers, but I’m very much pro-choice,” the 24-year-old wrote. “Your body, your choice.”
“Also, for everyone gonna say, ‘Just put it up for adoption,’ it’s not that easy [and], coming from someone who was in the foster care system, trust me, [the] foster care system is broken [and] it’s tough, especially on the kids [and] young adults who age out [and] adoption is expensive,” Biles continued. “I’m just saying.”
“[And] adoption is expensive … I’m just saying. [And] don’t even come at me if you couldn’t keep a mask on or refused to wear one,” she added, likely referring to anti-maskers who have adopted the “my body, my choice” slogan throughout the pandemic.
After her comments garnered a slew of attention, Biles was called out on Twitter in a since-deleted tweet she said misrepresented her thoughts and her stance.
In response, she took to Twitter to clarify that she does not support abortion as a substitute for foster care or adoption.
“Do not misconstrue my words,” the Olympian wrote. “That is not at all what I implied. I did not say I support to abort rather than to put them through the foster care system. What I did imply is that you should not control someone else’s body/decision. Let’s be real, what you care about is control.”
She went on to say that she has always and “will continue to support foster kids,” noting she was in the foster care system herself.
“I’ve been an advocate for foster kids and the system,” Biles explained.
I have forever & will continue to support foster kids. AS I WAS ONE. I’ve been an advocate for foster kids and the system but you wouldn’t know that because you don’t follow me, you just like to open your mouth.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 10, 2021
On her own Twitter profile, Lila Rose, a pro-life advocate and president of Liveaction.org, described Biles’ support for abortion as “incredibly sad and awful.”
“To have overcome a broken system as triumphantly as she has — yet wish death for other kids [because] they may face foster care is beyond fathoming,” she wrote.
Our modern mindset is so broken & cruel:
“My life can overcome great odds but others’ can’t.”
“Born people deserve to live but not little unborn people.”
“Foster care and adoption can be broken so let’s support killing off would be adoptees before birth.”
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) August 9, 2021
As Rose pointed out, Biles is the biggest contradiction to her own stance, as she is the product of not only the foster care system, but also a successful adoption.
Biles was only 3 years old when she and her sister, Adria, were first placed in the foster care system. The two were later adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron, and his wife, Nellie, whom the girls call “mom” and “dad.” Their older siblings, Tevin and Ashley, were adopted by Ron’s sister.
In 2017, while competing on Dancing With the Stars, Biles opened up about being in the foster care system as a child, and her gratitude to Ron and Nellie for adopting her.
“Growing up, my biological mom was suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and she was in and out of jail,” Biles explained. “I never had mom to run to. I do remember always being hungry and afraid. At 3 years old, I was placed in foster care.”
She continued, “My parents saved me. They’ve set huge examples of how to treat other people, and they’ve been there to support me since day one. There’s nothing I could say to them to thank them enough.”
Instead of becoming another abortion statistic, Biles has gone on to become one of the most decorated athletes of all time. Her life speaks much louder than her words.
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