The track star revealed the personal story in her book.
Sonya Richards-Ross, a star United States olympian and the wife of former NFL defensive back Aaron Ross, announced earlier this year that she's expecting a child.
This is not the first time the track star has been pregnant, though.
Richards-Ross, 32, revealed in her new book, Chasing Grace: What The Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life, that she had an abortion in 2008 right before the Summer Olympics in China. She was engaged to Aaron Ross at the time, but the pregnancy wasn't planned, and they made the tough decision to have an abortion.
She goes into detail about the tough time in the book.
“Everything I ever wanted seemed to be within reach,” she wrote. “The culmination of a lifetime of work was right before me. In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all. The debate of when life begins swirled through my head, and the veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me?”
Richards-Ross was the favorite to win the gold medal in the 400m at those Olympics. She ended up finishing in third and won the bronze. Richards-Ross said at the time that she cramped up during the race, but that didn't tell the whole story. Doctors had advised her not to compete, but she did anyway.
She went on to say she looks forward to helping other women deal with difficult decisions.
“I look forward to having more discussions about it and helping young women heal from it,” she wrote.
The book was published on Tuesday and is available now.