McNeal continued by saying that while she didn’t want to publicly disclose information about her abortion to officials, she felt that she didn’t have a choice due to their initial response to her missed test. She said that after they learned about her abortion, they forced her to “relive this hellish experience” instead of simply penalizing her for the test and moving on.

“As a clean athlete, I do not feel protected by this system, but I guess that my feelings are irrelevant, because the system just took away my career. I am grateful for everybody who has shown me support and compassion, but I will never recover from this heartbreak.”


Olympic officials need to do better. And McNeal should be in Tokyo this year.