- Washington State Rep.Pramila Jayapal discussed her personal experiences with abortion in an interview aired Wednesday.
- The Democratic legislature addressed postpartum depression and “considered suicide” after her first child was born.
- “I knew I was not ready to go through that again,” she told NBC.
Rep. In a new interview on Wednesday, Pramila Jayapal spoke honestly about her personal experiences with pregnancy and abortion.
The Washington Democrat told NBC News Now that she had an “incredibly difficult pregnancy” with her first child, Janak, who was born prematurely.
“We knew they were going to live, but they still had seizures,” Jayapal said of Janak, adding that she also treated postpartum depression after giving birth and “even considered suicide at some point.”
Jayapal said she knew she could not have another child, but despite having birth control pills, she unexpectedly became pregnant a second time.
“I just realized there was no way I could have another baby at the time and that I could not go through what I had been going through,” Jayapal told NBC.
“I knew I was not ready to go through it again and that I had to be strong for Janak,” she continued. “And then I talked to the person who became my husband, my loving partner, back then. He was completely supportive, and I decided to have an abortion.”
Jayapal speaks Thursday during a House Monitoring Committee hearing on abortion rights. The hearing will focus the discussion on rising abortion laws in the United States and examine potential actions to “protect and extend abortion rights and access.”
“I would like one in four women who have an abortion across America to know that we understand that these are difficult decisions,” Jayapal told NBC. “They are very nuanced, and each and every one of them involves particular details that only we know.”
Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, who previously spoke of having an abortion, will also testify before the congressional committee.
Texas is the latest state to pass a restrictive abortion law that went into effect Sept. 1. The law prohibits the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy, a time when many people do not yet know they are pregnant.
However, the law has not prevented people from seeking and getting abortions. Providers outside the state told Insider that more Texans are flocking to their clinics instead.
In its next session, which begins Dec. 1, the Supreme Court will review a major abortion case that could threaten Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.