#YouKnowMe Hashtag Explained – Women Share Abortion Stories on Twitter

On Tuesday night, Alabama passed a law banning nearly all forms of abortion in the state, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The measure would make the procedure a crime for doctors, punishable by 99 years in prison. The bill, which was designed to challenge the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, was signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey last night.

In response to the restrictive bill, actress Busy Philipps took to Twitter to point out that one in four women have had an abortion in the United States “A lot of people think they don’t know someone who at [had an abortion], but #you know me,” Philipps tweeted. “So let’s do this: if you’re also the 1 in 4, let’s share it and start ending the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.”

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Philipps, who first opened up about her abortion last week on an episode of her talk show, busy tonightfirst came up with the idea for Tina Fey’s hashtag, she told the New York Times.

At the time of writing, Philipps’ tweet has over 2,000 replies, many from others who responded with personal stories of their own experiences with abortion. Users also retweeted his post with their replies or simply used the tag in their standalone tweets. The hashtag spread across Instagram and Twitter (on the latter, it became a trending topic in the US yesterday), and much like #MeToo, it showed how many people in our daily lives have had similar experiences.

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While many expressed praise and messages of comfort to those who shared their stories, some also pointed out that women shouldn’t have to justify or explain what they decide to do with their bodies. In anecdotes that included abuse, women had to reopen wounds or relive trauma to make their point.

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Other celebrities have also opened up about their own experiences with abortion, with and without the Philipps hashtag.

Actress and activist Jameela Jamil tweeted #youknowme and defended her decision against male trolls. “A LOT of men call me a whore and tell me I shouldn’t have opened my legs and should have used birth control,” she wrote. “Not that it justifies my right to choose, but I used birth control, and it didn’t work, it doesn’t always work. It could happen to you, you absolute clowns.”

Ashley Judd posted a #YouKnowMe graphic on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “Raped at 30, terminated pregnancy. Plus rapist would have had paternity rights.”

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Minka Kelly also shared her story by posting a collage of the 25 Republican men who voted to pass the bill in Alabama. “When I was younger, I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could have made, not only for me and my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus,” we read in his caption.

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Milla Jovovich has opened up on Instagram about an emergency abortion she had two years ago when she was four and a half months pregnant. “I gave birth before term and [was] said I had to be awake during the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever had,” she wrote, adding that she had to take time off from her career.

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