To those of you who don’t know Melissa Butler, she’s the CEO of The Lip Bar, a vegan, and cruelty-free beauty brand based in Detroit. Despite being rejected by ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ in 2015, Butler went on to turn her passion into a profitable and poppin beauty business.
Yesterday, the brave soul shared with her fans and followers on Instagram a decision she made to go through with abortion at 18 years old.
Here is the post:
Behind millions of successful women is an abortion they don’t regret.
“Let’s get personal real quick. The first time I had sex, I got pregnant. I didn’t tell my mom. She still doesn’t know unless she’s reading this. Lol. Hi mom. I couldn’t imagine my life if hadn’t made that decision at 18 to choose me. Now don’t get me wrong, there are tons of women who have children at a young age and still accomplish everything they’ve ever dreamed of (see @cakeandcashmere) but at that time, I wasn’t ready. I knew I wasn’t ready and I can’t imagine not having the ability to decide my own fate. I’ve never shared anything so personal on social media but I just wanted to give my testimony. I don’t know what we need to do to fight this but what I do know is that we need to fight. So if you have insight, please let me know how I can help!
PSA: I didn’t post this to hear your opinion on the matter. If you don’t agree with women having the ability to choose abortion, keep it moving. Thanks so very much!”
Some people commended her for her courage and transparency, while others bashed her on spoke on no longer supporting her company.
After receiving so much love and an equal amount of hate for speaking her truth, Melissa took back to the platform to address the situation.
“Here’s the thing. You can’t shame me for something I’m not ashamed of! I had no idea me sharing my story would spark so much love and rage at the same damn time. I got plenty of messages and DMs from Christians calling me all types of nasty names. BUT I also got messages and DMs from women who for the first time felt comfortable sharing their stories because they were finally seen! To be honest, I wasn’t ready for the amount of emotion that I’d experience while reading the comments. Many of you called me brave and thank you for that. But I wasn’t being brave. I was being honest. I was being me. WHOLLY. As I always try to teach people to be. My post was much less about the act of an abortion and more about the fact that your life is yours to own. Your choices are just that. YOURS. If you don’t believe in abortions, great! Don’t have one! But it is downright silly to expect an ill-equipped person to take care of a child when they can barely care for themselves. A saw a lot of ppl mentioning protection and abstinence…. and it’s like yes, but how?! Most young women learn about sex from their friends who also don’t know anything. There’s no real sex education in our community. We don’t have conversations about it. We just tell girls they shouldn’t do it. Sex is and has always been a taboo and women (ONLY WOMEN) associated with sex are cast aside as derelicts. Smh.
A few people said I lost them as customers because of my beliefs but today’s grass is green because of yesterday’s watering. Melissa Butler as you know me today would certainly not be the same had I not made MY CHOICE. And I am comfortable with that. If you aren’t, I don’t know what to tell you. I hate to see you go, but gotta make YOUR choice. In the meantime, I’m just gonna keep smiling and keep living and keep being the best Me I can be. ☺️”
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