10 Celebrities Who Have Shared Abortion Stories

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In the past 10 days, Georgia and Alabama passed dangerously restrictive abortion laws that will put women’s lives and health at risk. With Georgia’s “Heartbeat Bill,” women won’t be able to have an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, which can happen after just six weeks of pregnancy and two weeks after your first missed period. And in Alabama, unless a woman’s life is in danger, she can’t have an abortion, which means if she’s been raped or survived incest, she’s out of luck and may have to resort to other dangerous options. As for the Alabama doctors, they would be charged with a felony for performing an abortion.

Basically, it’s so scared and so scary. And celebrities have started sharing their abortion stories to put faces to some of the many women who have terminated their pregnancies. Busy Philipps even started a hashtag (#YouKnowMe) to encourage women to speak out, and many celebrities have followed suit by using it. Here are some of the women who spoke this week:

Cecile Richards

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The former president of Planned Parenthood said, “I had an abortion. It was the right decision for me, and it wasn’t difficult… But the point is, we shouldn’t have to share our most personal experiences just to try to generate some empathy from politicians.

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Phillips busy

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On her busy tonight show, the host said, “I had an abortion when I was 15 and I’m telling you this because I’m so scared for women and girls across the country… Is it a little shocking? Yes, it’s also a bit shocking. But guess what? That’s being a fucking woman. Having a regular Tuesday and being suddenly reminded that people are trying to monitor your body. And then all you have to do is get back to work.

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Cynthia Nixon

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By using #YouKnowMe, the sex and the city The star said his mother had an illegal abortion 60 years ago and his wife had a legal abortion in 2010 when they “discovered her pregnancy was not viable”.

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Amber Tamblyn

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the Brotherhood of Traveling Pants The actress said having an abortion was “one of the hardest decisions” she’s ever made, but it was always “the right choice”.

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Minka Kelly

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Friday night lights Actress Minka Kelly shared her story on Instagram and said: “Having a baby around this time would have only continued the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into. Forcing an unborn child to ‘a mother who is not ready, is not financially stable, has been raped, [or is] an incest victim (!!) does this theoretical child no favors.

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Jameela Jamil

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After the adoption of the Georgian law, the Good place The actress said having an abortion was the best decision for her and that without access to safe abortions, “so many children will end up in foster care.” She also noted that it would be difficult to find suitable families for these children.

Zerlina Maxwell

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MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell said she shared her story so people could know someone who had an abortion.

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Tess Holidays

The model opened up and said she had an abortion because her ‘sanity couldn’t handle being pregnant again’ and said it was ‘excruciating on many levels but necessary’.

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Milla Jovovich

Model and actress Milla Jovovich has said she had to have an emergency abortion two years ago when she was four and a half months pregnant. She added: ‘I went into premature labor and was told I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever had. I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think about how women might face even worse abortions than me because of the new laws, my stomach turns.

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Ashley Judd

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Divergent actress Ashley Judd used Busy’s hashtag and wrote, “Raped at 30, terminated pregnancy. In addition, the rapist would have had paternity rights.

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