In the wake of the Alabama abortion bill, the celebrity world has taken to social media to lambast Alabama’s Republican-led Senate for their heinous new regime.
As a means of protest, celebrities are sharing their own stories of when they chose to have an abortion, along with the hashtag #YouKnowMe, as started by actress Busy Philipps.
1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don’t know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let’s do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let’s share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 15, 2019
Here are just some of the famous folk who have opened up online:
“In 2012, I had an abortion,” the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants star tweeted. “It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I still think about it to this day.”
She adds, “But these truths do not make me regret my decision. It was the right choice for me, at that time in my life. I have not a single doubt about this.”
In 2012, I had an abortion. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I still think about it to this day. But these truths do not make me regret my decision. It was the right choice for me, at that time in my life. I have not a single doubt about this. #YouKnowMe
— Listening in the Dark ✨ Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) May 16, 2019
On an episode of Busy Tonight, the late-night host shared her experience with abortion in response to the signing of Georgia’s controversial new abortion law.
“I had an abortion when I was 15 years old and I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over the country,” Philipps said.
“Is that a hard left turn?” she asked, comparing the topic of abortion to the regular pop culture topics on her show.
“Yeah, it is. Is it kind of jarring? Yes, it is also kind of jarring. But, guess what? That’s what being a fucing woman is. Having a regular Tuesday and then suddenly being reminded that people are trying to police your body. And then you just have to go back to work.”
The outspoken The Good Place star also shared her story on Twitter.
“This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist,” she wrote alongside a link to a Slate article that stated that Georgia had just criminalised abortion.
“I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel.”
Actress Ashley Judd took to Instagram to reveal that she was “raped at 30, I terminated the pregnancy.”
“Additionally, the rapist would have had paternity rights.”
“I don’t like to get political,” Milla Jovovich wrote, opening up about her 2017 “emergency” abortion.
“I went into pre term labor and told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through. I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns.”
“I spiralled into one of the worst depressions of my life and had to work extremely hard to find my way out,” she continued. “I took time off of my career. I isolated myself for months and had to keep a strong face for my two amazing kids.”
“Abortion is a nightmare at its best. No woman wants to go through that. But we have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe one if we need to,” she said.
“I never wanted to speak about this experience. But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake. #prochoice #prochoicegeneration.”
The Sex & The City actress revealed that both her mother and her wife had gotten abortions in the past.
“Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion,” she wrote on Twitter. “It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure I knew it had happened. In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not go back.”
Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure I knew it had happened. In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not go back. #YouKnowMe #YouKnowUs
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) May 16, 2019