Simone Biles discusses being 'very much pro-choice' in powerful new exchange with her fans
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Gymnast Simone Biles attributes a lot of her success to the fact that she was adopted by her grandfather, Ron, and his wife, Nellie, in 2000. "My road to success began the day my grandfather and his wife officially adopted my sister and me," the five-time world champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist wrote in a piece for CNN.

"Although I was young when my foster care ordeal began, I remember how it felt to be passed off and over-looked," she wrote. "Like nobody knew me or wanted to know me. Like my talents didn't count, and my voice didn't matter. Finding a family made me feel like I mattered."

Biles and three of her siblings were placed in the Ohio foster care system when she was just three years old because her parents had substance abuse problems.


"Being separated from my biological mom, being placed in foster care before I officially got adopted by my grandparents, it just set me up for a better route at life, and I feel like I wouldn't be where I am unless that turning point happened," she said on Facebook Watch.

However, just because she is an advocate for children in the foster care system, doesn't mean that she isn't pro-choice as well.

The gymnast stirred up controversy on Monday night when she asked her Instagram followers to submit "unpopular opinions" so she could weigh in with her thoughts. When one wrote, "abortion is wrong," Biles responded saying she is "very much pro-choice."

"I already know this is going to start the biggest argument and may even lose followers BUT. I'm very much pro-choice. Your body. Your choice," she wrote.

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Biles knew that her opinions would be controversial, especially because she was adopted.

"Also for everyone [who's] gonna say 'just put it up for adoption,' " she started, adding eye-rolling emojis, "it's not that easy and coming from someone who was in the foster care system TRUST me."

"Foster care system is broken and it's TOUGH. Especially on the kids and young adults who age out. And adoption is expensive … I'm just saying," she added.

Abortion is a controversial topic so it wasn't a surprise that Biles received a lot of negative responses to her stance. But some people had the audacity to conclude that Biles thinks people should have abortions instead of giving their babies up for adoption.

"DO NOT misconstrue my words. That is not at all what I implied. 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 else's body/decision," she said.

"I have forever and will continue to support foster kids. AS I WAS ONE," Biles continued. "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."

Controversial topics like abortion can make people so angry they have a hard time understanding a nuanced opinion. Being pro-choice doesn't mean that someone is anti-adoption or against the foster care system. It simply means that they believe people — especially women — should be able to make their own reproductive decisions.

Adoption is a choice. Abortion is a choice. Biles believes that the pregnant person is the one who should be making that decision.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

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Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

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Over the past six years, it feels like race relations have been on the decline in the U.S. We've lived through Donald Trump's appeals to America's racist underbelly. The nation has endured countless murders of unarmed Black people by police. We've also been bombarded with viral videos of people calling the police on people of color for simply going about their daily lives.

Earlier this year there was a series of incidents in which Asian-Americans were the targets of racist attacks inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given all that we've seen in the past half-decade, it makes sense for many to believe that race relations in the U.S. are on the decline.

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Did you know that girls who are encouraged to discover and develop their strengths tend to be more likely to achieve their goals? It's true. The question, however, is how to encourage girls to develop self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The answer lies in Girls Inc., a national nonprofit serving girls ages 5-18 in more than 350 cities across North America. Since first forming in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War, they've been on a mission to inspire girls to kick butt and step into leadership roles — today and in the future.

This is why Macy's has committed to partnering with Girls Inc. and making it easy to support their mission. In a national campaign running throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar or donate online to support Girls Inc. and empower girls throughout the country.


Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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