Actress and talk show host Busy Philipps is bringing private conversations about abortion into public discourse with the #youknowme campaign, an effort to get women talking about their abortion experiences amid restrictive abortion laws. practice are gaining ground across the country.
“1 in 4 women have had an abortion,” Philipps tweeted Tuesday night as Alabama lawmakers voted to ban all abortions in the state and punish doctors, and other states braced for their own. versions of the law.
“A lot of people think they don’t know someone who does, but #youknowme. So let’s do this: If you’re 1 in 4 too, let’s share it and start ending the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.
Last week, when Georgia became the fourth state this year to enact a law banning most abortions at around six weeks – before most women know they’re pregnant – Philipps condemned Georgia’s decision. on his E! talk show, “Busy Tonight,” and later opened up about her abortion at age 15.
She continued her advocacy on Wednesday as the movement drew a flood of responses from women protesting against legislation criminalizing abortions and share their emotional personal stories – similar to the early days of the revolutionary #MeToo movement of 2017.
“The Good Place” actress and activist Jameela Jamil and writer and actress Miranda July both tweeted the hashtag #youknowme, and July took it a step further by share why she had an abortion at 27 years old. ‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey also used it on Instagram, writing, “#youknowme #NoShame Women’s and girls’ rights are human rights.”
In Philipps’ Twitter replies – and on social media – the women said they had abortions because their pregnancy was life-threatening or the fetus was not viable. Others said they had them to preserve their careers or limit their growing families. Some have had it after being raped or to escape abusive relationships. Several specified that women should not have to justify their decisions.
Actress and singer Keke Palmer tweeted about the abortion she had at age 24: “I was worried about my professional responsibilities and I was afraid that I could not exist as both a career woman and a mother.”
A woman just said she had one at the age of 12.
Logan Browning, star of “Dear White People” tweeted his support for the campaign using the hashtag #iknowher. She said she supported her friends “who were making decisions about their own bodies.”
“We must protect women and dismantle the idea that dismissal is an easy choice or an easy procedure,” she wrote.
On Instagram, actress Milla Jovovich shared a lengthy post detailing her experience.
“Abortion is emotionally difficult enough for women without having to undergo it in potentially dangerous and unsanitary conditions,” she wrote on Tuesday. “I myself had an emergency abortion 2 years ago. I was 4.5 months pregnant and I was filming on location in Eastern Europe. I went into premature labor and said 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.
On Wednesday, Shout Your Abortion founder Amelia Bonow chimed in, Tweeter“So many powerful women have quietly benefited from abortion. There has never been a better time to stand up and help the world understand how abortion has helped you live your best life. They can’t win without our silence. #ShoutYourAbortion #YouKnowMe”
Here’s a sampling of other high-profile responses:
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