On May 2, 2022, a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito confirmed that the justices would likely overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 49-year-old case that made abortion legal in America. The opinion was written with reference to an ongoing court case regarding a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
In response to the news, musician Phoebe Bridgers revealed on Twitter that she had an abortion while on tour last year, saying “everyone deserves this kind of access” and providing a link to a story about funds for abortion.
While Phoebe may be the latest star to share her personal story on a public platform, she’s not the only one to take a stand in recent years. As access to abortion is increasingly under threat across the country, women have opened up about their own experiences in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding abortions and unplanned pregnancies. Singers, models, actresses, talk show hosts and more come forward and share stories of how their lives could have changed had they made different decisions or hadn’t had a choice at all.
And while the Supreme Court hasn’t officially made a decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, stories like the ones these women share aren’t going anywhere. Studies show that one in four women have an abortion before the age of 45, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Here are ten celebrities who have shared their experiences with abortion:
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“I had an abortion in October of last year while on tour,” said singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, 27. tweeted on May 3 following news that Roe v. Wade would likely be canceled. “I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.”
Many on Twitter offered words of support: “Thank you, @phoebe_bridgersfor sharing your abortion story,” someone wrote. “Thank you for sharing even a small part of your story with us. It’s so important,” added another user. added.
Actress Vanessa Williams, 59, revealed in a night line interview that she had an abortion after becoming pregnant in high school.
“Being pregnant is the scariest thing to happen in your life,” Vanessa said at the time. “I knew in high school that it was something I wasn’t ready to do or fight or fight.”
Model Tess Holliday, 36, shared her abortion story on Instagram in 2019. “I’m from Mississippi, I live in California, I’m married, I have 2 children and I had an abortion,” he said. -she writes. “My sanity couldn’t handle being pregnant again and I made the best decision for ME and ultimately my family.”
“It wasn’t the ‘easy thing to do’, it was excruciating on many levels, but necessary. Do I regret it or question my choice? Not at all,” Tess added. “In the words of my friend @alokvmenon: ‘Abortion is a queer issue. Abortion is a trans issue. Abortion is a non-binary issue.”
She also added a list of pro-choice organizations followers could donate to, including the Yellowhammer Fund and SisterSong.
Rapper Nicki Minaj, 39, has explained that she got pregnant in high school while dating an older man. “I thought I was going to die,” she said rolling stone. “I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I have ever experienced. »
She then decided to have an abortion. “It would be contradictory if I said that I was not pro-choice. I was not ready. I had nothing to give a child,” Nicki said. Her song “Autobiography” from the album The pink footprint contains lyrics about his experience.
Chelsea Handler, 47, has revealed she had two abortions when she was 16 in a personal essay she wrote for Playboy‘s “Freedom Problem.” Chelsea explained that she got pregnant after having unprotected sex with her boyfriend at the time.
“I just thought, ‘Why not?’ I can have a baby. Maybe I’ll have twins and give them rhyming names,” she wrote. “Of course, the idea that I would have a child and raise it alone at that age, when I couldn’t even find my way home in the evening, was ridiculous. My parents recognized it, so they acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and brought me to Planned Parenthood.”
Later that same year, when she was still 16, Chelsea learned she was pregnant again and had a second abortion. “Getting unintentionally pregnant more than once is irresponsible, but it’s always necessary to make a thoughtful decision,” she shared.
“We all make mistakes all the time. I screwed up twice when I was 16. I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to have a legal abortion without risking my health or ruin myself or my family.”
Comedian Hannah Gadsby, 44, said Variety that she had an abortion after being sexually assaulted. In the interview, she raised concerns about a new Alabama law banning nearly all abortions that was passed in 2019.
“They get away with it because they got the branding really right. It’s not ‘pro-life,'” she explained. “I’m ‘pro-life,’ but I had an abortion. It’s very comfortable in my head as a duality.”
“I was assaulted, raped and very, very vulnerable,” Hannah said. “How was I going to raise a child? I would have ended up dying. How is that pro-life? You can’t say women can’t have an abortion and then provide absolutely no infrastructure to help them .”
The right place Star Jameela Jamil, 36, tweeted her story in response to a Georgia bill that criminalized abortion.
“I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I ever made. For me, and for the baby I didn’t want and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially,” she said. written by People.
“So many children will end up in foster care. So many lives ruined. So cruel.”
On May 5, Jameela posted an Instagram reacting to the news that Roe v. Wade. Her message was simple: “Abortion saved my life. It was not difficult for me, I live with no regrets, only deep relief and gratitude.”
The post continued, “Remember that it’s historically proven that ending abortion rights doesn’t end abortions, it only ends *safe* abortions.”
“The statistic is that one in four women will have an abortion before the age of 45,” Busy Philipps, 42, shared on her show, Busy tonight. “That stat sometimes surprises people and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know any woman who would have an abortion’. Well, you know me.”
“I had an abortion when I was 15 and I’m telling you this because I’m really, really scared for women and girls across the country,” she said.
She also addressed the subject in her 2018 memoir, It will only hurt a little.
In response to a 2019 Alabama law banning nearly all abortions, including for victims of rape or incest, Keke Palmer, 28, tweeted her decision to have an abortion 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,” she wrote, according to The Los Angeles Times.
She then continued with another statement: “Twitter is sometimes too flat and too short to express intimate feelings. Words without context, very boring”, she explained, per People.
“I’m heartbroken to hear the news in Alabama. I feel like women’s rights laws are backing off. Individual choice is being made. I’m really so confused about the world [right now] and the policies that follow.”
Actress Minka Kelly, 41, shared her story on Instagram in 2019. “When I was younger I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could have made, not just for me and my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus,” she captioned a post.
“For a baby to be born to two people – too young and completely ill-equipped – without means or help from family, it would have resulted in a child being born into a world of needless struggle. Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction that I was born into,” she added.
Users flooded her comments: “Thank you for posting this. I went through the same thing when I was a teenager,” someone wrote. “Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your story ❤️❤️❤️,” said another user.
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