The Story Stevie Nicks’ Abortion Song

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Don Henley of the Eagles was another well-known person Stevie was seeing at the time. Their on-and-off romance lasted for around two years. The couple’s hectic schedules with their different bands made Stevie’s pregnancy unfavorable. The artists ultimately came to a conclusion that, for the sake of their careers, an abortion would be preferable. Stevie, therefore, aborted her baby, and the couple eventually separated as a result.

The timeframe of the song’s composition period corresponded with Nicks’ decision to terminate her pregnancy at the time when Fleetwood Mac’s song “Sara” was made available as a single from the double LP “Tusk” in 1979. Since then, there has been debate over the track’s beginnings. When Nicks appeared as a guest on Tommy Vance’s radio show in the early 1990s, she said that the song was largely inspired by Sara Fleetwood, the wife of her close friend and bandmate Mick Fleetwood.

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However, the song was composed for someone other than Don Henley. Henley claimed that Stevie offered the name Sara for their unborn child while they were discussing their romance. He continued, saying Nicks had devoted the popular song entirely to the infant.

Henley revealed:

“Stevie had named the unborn kid Sara, and she had an abortion. She then wrote the song of the same name and dedicated it to the spirit of the aborted baby.”

Nicks’ bandmate Mick Fleetwood confirmed Stevie’s previous allegations concerning Sara’s background. In his 2014 book, Fleetwood disclosed that ‘Sara’ was perhaps addressed to his spouse and Stevie’s dear friend, Sara. Stevie just went through the track’s writing once again. This time, though, she alluded to the potential of validity in her former Henley’s accusations.

Her statement follows:

“Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara. But there was another woman in my life named Sara, who shortly after that became Mick’s wife, Sara Fleetwood.”

Stevie Nicks clearly took her time making the proper decision and finally did what she thought was best for her and her boyfriend. Her fame as a musician, which included regular tours and recording sessions with her band, might have had an impact on her parenting. As Nicks has often remarked, Fleetwood Mac would not exist without her abortion.