Busy Philipps’ #YouKnowMe inspires women to share abortion stories – The Hollywood Reporter

Just a week after Busy Philipps opened up about her own abortion on her late-night E! show, the TV personality, actress and influencer on Wednesday asked women to share theirs under the hashtag #YouKnowMe, sparking more a thousand responses.

“1 in 4 women has an abortion. A lot of people think they don’t know someone who does, but #you know me,” Philipps written early Wednesday. “So let’s do this: If you’re the 1 in 4 too, let’s share it and start ending the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.

Director Miranda July, actress Cynthia Nixon, actress Alia Shawkat and writer Jessica Valenti were among those who answered Philipps’ call on Twitter. “I was 27. My boyfriend at the time, who was a big ‘time puller’, thought we should consider having it and I said something like DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF HOW MUCH AM ABOUT TO??2 years later I started shooting my first feature #you know me,” July wrote.

“I am here and able to mother my amazing daughter through the health and life saving abortion I had when she was three. #YouKnowMe,” Valenti added.

“Nearly 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too painful for her to talk about, but she made sure I knew it happened,” Nixon wrote. “In 2010 my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not return.

Although Philipps first wrote about her abortion at age 15 in her memoir It will only hurt a littlethe story received wide attention when the late night host leaked the story on busy tonight may’s beginning. Citing Georgia’s so-called ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion bill, signed into law last week, Philipps told his audience, “The statistic is that one in four women will have an abortion before birth. age of 45. This statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’ Well, you know me.” She added, as she cried, “I had an abortion when I was 15, and I’m telling you this because I’m really, really scared for women and girls. of this whole country. And I think we all need to talk more and share our stories more.

In an interview with The New York Times On Wednesday, Philipps said she was inspired to share her prompt in part by the #MeToo movement: “Part of what I think has been so successful in motivating people and men on board with the #MeToo movement was to hear from women about their personal stories,” she said. “The anti-abortion people in this country are so vocal, and for all those reasons, I think women have been silent. And I thought, well, maybe there’s value in sharing We must be as loud as them, but with the truth.

On TBS’ Full frontal, Samantha Bee gave a class of “sex education” to senators after the announcement that Alabama had adopted a near total ban on abortion. Watch it here and read some of the stories shared on the #YouKnowMe hashtag below.

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