The former 400 ace has been in the news as she has revealed in her memoir that she had an abortion just prior to the 2008 Olympics where she won individual bronze and relay gold.Abortion is obviously an emotional topic which we aren't going to solve on these forums.However, what struck us as being even more newsworthy than her own admission of having an abortion was what she said in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Maggie Grey. When Richards-Ross was asked by Grey about why she is going public about her abortion, Richards-Ross replied as follows.
To her credit, Grey followed up with a second question, "Why do you think it's so pervasive? You said you do not know another female track athlete who hasn't had an abortion."
Richards-Ross explained why she believes it is so common.
You can watch the interview below.http://players.brightcove.net/2157889318001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5461648596001
Editor's note: The post initially said incorrectly that the abortion took place prior to the 2012 Olympics, not 2008.