Milla Jovovich is the latest actress to reveal she had an abortion, while criticizing abortion bills in Georgia and other states.
The ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Resident Evil’ star wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday that she had an “emergency abortion” two years ago while filming in Eastern Europe and she was 4 and a half months pregnant.
“I went into preterm labor and said I had to be awake for the entire procedure,” she wrote. “It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever had. I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless.
On Monday, “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil wrote on Twitter that she had an abortion when she was young, and “it was the best decision I ever made”.
Thousands of people on both sides of the issue responded to the actresses’ posts.
The two actresses criticized the bill that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law last week that will ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can take place as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. The law is set to take effect on January 1, and the American Civil Liberties Union said it would challenge it in court.
“This makes Georgia the sixth state to pass such a restrictive six-week abortion ban, joining Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota,” Jovovich wrote.
“Abortion is emotionally difficult enough for women without having to undergo it in potentially dangerous and unsanitary conditions.”
Jamil called Georgia’s law “shattering”.
On May 8, the day Georgian law was signed, actress and E! talk show host Busy Philipps wrote on Twitter“I talked about my abortion on my show tonight because I can’t sit idly by while women’s rights are stripped away.”
On Tuesday night, the Alabama Senate passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion bill. The legislation, which is now going to the governor’s office, could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.
In response Tuesday, Philipps wrote on Twitter, “1 in 4 women has an abortion. A lot of people think they don’t know someone who does, but #you know me.”
She encouraged other women who had an abortion from using the hashtag #youknowme.