Amanda Knox gets real about infertility, her miscarriage and finding love after being ‘vilified by the press’.
In a very personal interview with the popular podcast Infertile AF, Amanda Knox gets real about spending four years in prison and fears that she would never become a mother, even comtemplating suicide. Now mom to one-year-old Eureka, Amanda also talks about her devastating “missed miscarriage,” finding love after being “vilified in the press,” her friendship with Monica Lewinsky, why she considers herself “lucky,” and how she is advocating to help wrongfully convicted women everywhere.
Here are the highlights from the Amanda Knox interview.
On being wrongfully convicted
“The moment that I was convicted and I was sentenced, I was no prepared for it because I had been experiencing this investigation and two years of imprisonment and a whole year on trial, from the perspective of, This is all just a big misunderstanding and the adults in the room are gonna figure it out, and I’m gonna get to go home. And my mom was very patiently alongside me the entire way, telling me, We are in a tunnel. But there is a light at the end of this tunnel and you’re going to be found innocent, the truth is going to be vindicated, and we’re gonna take you home. And indeed, my entire family showed up for that verdict, my littlest sisters who were preteens at the time and not even old enough to go into the courtroom were there, waiting to take me home. We had a plane ticket and everything, and then I was convicted. Then everything I thought I could trust in the world: That the truth mattered, that the criminal justice system was like a scientific laboratory where all this extraneous information is boiled down to truth without a reasonable doubt, all of that disappeared. And I realized that the truth didn’t matter, and that the story mattered. That the villain that the prosecution had created mattered to people, and I didn’t.”
On how her prison sentence meant she might never become a mother
“What I lost was not just time and youth and human potential, but also there was the prospect of a family. That was very very real and lost for me in that moment. And it is lost for any woman who is sentenced to lose her childbearing years to prison. I wanted to point out that there is a unique cost that the criminal justice system doesn’t really take into consideration, when we are sentencing women for crimes, and that we should potentially be thinking about that.”
On considering herself lucky
“That’s kind of my schtick. I always try to connect with people who end up, especially women, who end up becoming vilified and cartoon cutouts for our sort of, schadenfreude entertainment content. Yeah, I’ve absolutely spoken to Monica Lewinsky, I consider her a friend, and she’s been through hell. Notably, she doesn’t have family, doesn’t have children yet, because it’s been, that story about her is something that distances her from the rest of society in a meaningful way.”
On her devastating miscarriage
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