Simone Biles gives her unapologetic views on abortion and not a lot of people are happy with it.
The Olympic gymnast sparked a stir on Monday when she announced on her Instagram stories that she is “very much pro-choice.” The 24-year-old asked her Instagram followers to submit their “unpopular opinions,” which she would then comment on. One of her fans made the submission “abortion is wrong.”
The gymnast – who won bronze and silver medals in Tokyo — replied, “I already know this is going to start the biggest argument & may even lose followers BUT I’m very much pro-choice.”
“Your body, your choice,” said Biles.
Biles added that she thinks the “foster care system is broken.”
“It’s not that easy & coming from someone who was in the foster care system TRUST me,” she said. “Foster care system is broken & it’s TOUGH. Especially on the kids & young adults who age out.”
She further noted that “adoption is expensive.”
She would later take to Twitter to state that in no way did she favor aborting babies as an alternative to the foster care system.
“DO NOT misconstrue my words. That is not at all what I implied,” Biles wrote in response to the tweet. It’s unclear what was exactly shared in the since-deleted message.
“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 elses body/decision. Let’s be real what you care about is control…
“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.
“Also if you have a fake account don’t even talk to me. Y’all piss me off to no end. I’m done because you’ll twist my words however it feels fitting to spew hate. Also if anyone is seeing this just know I support you doing whatever feels fitting for YOU.”
Biles has been open about her experience in the foster care system from ages 2 to 5.
“I know exactly how it is, and I know exactly how you feel being a foster kid,” Biles told USA Today in late July. “I can be a voice for them. I can help them, and I can tell them that they’re not alone and that it’s going to be OK. That you can also still be great in the world. Being in foster care isn’t going to be your only title.”