"Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme," the actress tweeted.
It's been a dark couple of days for women in America, as Alabama passes a law that bans abortion with VERY few exceptions. But there's hope in the form of celebrities using their platforms to break the stigma.
One star leading the initiative is Busy Philipps, who spoke her truth about having an abortion at age 15 on "Busy Tonight" last week. But the courageous actress didn't just stop there. Philipps also urged her followers to share their stories and "end the shame" by hosting an open forum on Twitter.
"1 in 4 women have had an abortion," Philipps' tweet on Wednesdays began. "Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme."
"So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame," she continued. "Use #youknowme and share your truth."
"#youknowme" instantly became a trending topic on Twitter. Philipps' original tweet has already amassed 4.2K replies, and growing, with retweets and responses from Minka Kelly, Amber Tamblyn, Alia Shawkat, Cynthia Nixon, Jameela Jamil, Rosanna Arquette and director Miranda July.
Kelly shared that she had an abortion when she was younger, calling it "the smartest decision I could've made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus." Shawkat too said she had one when she was 20, explaining she wasn't "ready to raise a child alone or to be a mother" and her partner at the time wasn't allowed in the United States. Tamblyn called hers "the right choice, at that time in my life."
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When I was younger I had an abortion. It was 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. 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. 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. 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. Speaking of men... 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 cant help but be certain we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place. 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. @abortionfunds @yellowfund & @EmergeAmerica @emilys_list @runforsomethingnow who work 2 elect pro-choice candidates. #YouKnowMe
i was 20 and my partner at the time wasn't aloud into the united states because he is Palestinian . I wasn't ready to raise a child alone or to be a mother #YouKnowMe— Alia Shawkat (@ShawkatAlia) May 16, 2019
In 2012, I had an abortion. It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I still think about it to this day. 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— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) May 16, 2019
Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure I knew it had happened. In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not go back. #YouKnowMe #YouKnowUs— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) May 16, 2019
I was 27. My then-boyfriend, who was big on "pulling out in time", thought we should consider having it and I said something like DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH I AM ON THE VERGE OF DOING?? 2 years later I started shooting my first feature. #youknowme https://t.co/AA6kiKKz0v— Miranda July (@Miranda_July) May 15, 2019
I am here and able to mother my incredible daughter because of the health- and life-saving abortion I had when she was three years old. #YouKnowMe— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) May 15, 2019
Busy isn't the only Hollywood star taking a stance on the issue. On Thursday, Rihanna took aim at the Alabama senators who voted to pass the bill.
take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America.— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 16, 2019
Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!! pic.twitter.com/WuAjSVv6TH
Last week, Alyssa Milano called for a #SexStrike due to "our reproductive rights being erased."
"Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," the actress tweeted. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I'm calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on."
Our reproductive rights are being erased.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy.
JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.
I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on. pic.twitter.com/uOgN4FKwpg