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Stevie Nicks Says ‘There Would Have Been No Fleetwood Mac’ If She Didn’t Have Abortion

An early agreement between bandmates Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie was the basis for the singer's 1979 abortion.

Singer Stevie Nicks is crediting the success and longevity of Fleetwood Mac to an abortion she had in 1979. She told The Guardian she is “pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac” if her child had actually been born. Her flawed argument highlights how wrong she was about balancing motherhood and a career. 

The drug-addicted singer was at the height of her career with Fleetwood Mac when she got pregnant while dating musician Don Henley of the Eagles. But, Nicks claims the decision to end the life of her child was made well before that in a pact she had with bandmate Christine McVie. 

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Stevie Nick’s Pact With Christine McVie

McVie and Nicks agreed that motherhood would get in the way of their music careers. They both decided early on they would not have children. They believed their roles as female singers/songwriters was more important than raising children and having grandchildren to share that music with.

“If Christine [McVie] was in this room with me right now, she’d tell you that we both made the decision not to have kids and instead follow our musical muse around the world,” the 72-year-old Nicks said. “It’s not my job, it’s who I am.”

Now well past her prime, Nicks still has no regrets about choosing a career over having a family. She believes her music has helped people heal and that is more important than the child whose life she ended in 1979.

“If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac. There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly,” the singer says. “And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs … I would have had to walk away.”

Stevie Nicks And Amy Coney Barrett

 “And I knew that the music we were going to bring to the world was going to heal so many people’s hearts and make people so happy,” Nicks continued. “And I thought: you know what? That’s really important. There’s not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers. That was my world’s mission.”

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Nicks believes abortion is an important women’s issue.

She is upset about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and is furious that President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Nicks believes Barrett will vote to overturn Roe-vs-Wade.

But, Judge Barrett’s life highlights how poorly Nick’s choice to have an abortion was. She didn’t have to choose her career over motherhood.

Barrett has succeeded in both as a mother of seven and a nationally regarded law professor and judge who is about to hit the pinnacle of the legal profession by becoming a Supreme Court Justice. 

Barrett did not have to compromise her children and neither did Stevie Nicks. 

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