In the wake of controversial abortion bills that restrict access to almost all abortions in Georgia, Alabama and Missouri, more and more celebrities are sharing their personal stories of abortions. Busy Philipps, Minka Kelly, Amber Tamblyn and Milla Jovovich are just a handful of those who have spoken out.
Many are accompanying their stories with the hashtag #YouKnowMe. Philipps came up with the hashtag while discussing her abortion on Busy Tonight and on Twitter.
“The statistic is that one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you're sitting there thinking, 'I don't know a woman who would have an abortion,'” Philipps said. “Well, you know me.”
Philipps then encouraged others to join her in speaking out.
Kelly, 38, took to social media Thursday to share her abortion story, calling it “the smartest decision I could've made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus.”
“For a baby to’ve been born to two people — too young and completely ill equipped — with no means or help from family, would have resulted in a child born into an unnecessary world of struggle,” Kelly wrote alongside a photo collage of some of the white, male politicians who have voted for the bills. “Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into.”
“Forcing a child to be born to a mother who isn’t ready, isn’t financially stable, was raped, a victim of incest (!!), isn’t doing that theoretical child any favors,” she continued. “For those of you insisting abortion is murder, and to Rep. Terri Collins who said 'an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and attention' — forget bringing up the mother might be in need of some 'love and attention.'”
“What do you think happens to these kids who end up bouncing around in foster care, live on government assistance because the mother has no help, can’t afford childcare while she works a minimum wage job, and is trapped in a cycle of trying to survive on the meager government assistance so many of you same pro-lifers are determined to also take away,” she questioned. “If you insist on forcing women to carry to term, why do you refuse to talk about comprehensive sex-ed, the maternal mortality rate, free daycare, paid maternity leave? Our lives, traumas & family planning is for no one to decide but us. Certainly not a group of old white men.”
She concluded her note, asking whether, if the men who were pushing the bill could get pregnant themselves, it would have ever gone through.
“With all this punishment for women I wonder where all the punishment is for the men in this scenario. By looking at the photo of all the men who are making this mess, I find it hard to believe that if it were the autonomy of a man's body, health and life in question, I can't help but be certain we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place,” she wrote. “I appreciate seeing men speak up on this issue – women do not get pregnant alone. Lest we forget, outlawing abortion has never stopped women from attempting it.”
Tamblyn joined her, opening up about her abortion in 2012, calling it “one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.”
“I still think about it to this day,” she tweeted. “But these truths do not make me regret my decision. It was the right choice for me, at that time in my life. I have not a single doubt about this. #YouKnowMe”.
Cynthia Nixon, Ashley Judd, Alia Shawkat, Jameela Jamil, Keke Palmer, Tess Holliday, Cecile Richards, Trishelle, Amanda Abbington and others also shared their stories.