Renee Perkins briefly dated basketball star Magic Johnson in the early 1980s, but Johnson allegedly abandoned the relationship once Perkins became pregnant, the Daily Mail reports.
“It tore me apart because I really didn’t want to have or raise a child on my own,” Perkins told the Daily Mail.
Perkins claims Johnson left her after she became pregnant and had his advisor, Dr. Charles Tucker, talk to her about abortion.
‘[Dr. Tucker] told me I really had to get an abortion, and that Magic was not going to be with me because he had his career to worry about,” Perkins said.
Perkins gave birth to a baby boy, since christened Chauncey, who is a real estate agent working for Perks by Perk Real Estate Group LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, Black Christian News reports. However, there are allegations that Johnson refused to assist Perkins with child support or otherwise raising the child.
She said laboratory testing done to establish whether Johnson is her son’s biological father were lost. She did file a paternity lawsuit, but financial difficulties kept her from keeping the lawsuit alive, according to the report.
Johnson married another woman in 1991, the same year he was diagnosed with HIV, Black Christian News reports, and the couple had two daughters. The report also states Johnson has another son from a relationship in the early 1980s.
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There were 664,435 abortions reported to the Centers for Disease Control in 2013, including 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age. Women in their early 20s were the primary demographics seeking abortion, the CDC continues.
As LifeNews previously reported, one study found as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women said they felt pressure to have an abortion.
Elliot Institute Director David Reardon, who co-authored the Medical Science Monitor study, said:
“Even if a woman isn’t physically threatened, she often faces intense pressure, abandonment, lack of support, or emotional blackmail if she doesn’t abort. While abortion is often described as a ‘choice,’ women who’ve been there tell a very different story.”