Women flood social media with abortion stories in backlash over Alabama bill
|CTVnews 16 May 2019 at 03:42|
Women have taken to social media to share their stories of how they terminated their pregnancies using #YouKnowMe following Alabama s anti-abortion legislation.
Alabama s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most restrictive abortion legislation in the United States on Wednesday that makes performing an abortion at any state of pregnancy punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison for the provider.
Actor and talk show host to share their abortion stories in a push against the new legislation.
"1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don t know someone who has, but #youknowme," Philipps tweeted to her 369,000 followers.
1 in 4 women have had an abortion. 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. Use #youknowme and share your truth.
The call-out quickly went viral with women highlighting a variety of reasons why they choose to get abortions including financial issues and being too young. Others cited domestic violence and sexual assault.
Philipps recently shared her own story of having an abortion when she was 15 in an episode of her E! talk show "Busy Tonight."
"I m telling you this because I m genuinely really scared for women and girls in this country," she said to viewers .
Hundreds of women have responded to Philipps call on Twitter, using the hashtag to share their own abortion stories and show support for those who have had the procedure including film director Miranda July, actor and singer Keke Palmer, actor Milla Jovovich, "Dear White People" star Logan Browning and and "Game of Thrones" actor Lena Headey.
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
I am disheartened about hearing the news in Alabama. I feel as if women rights laws are going backwards. Individual choice is being taken. Im truly so confused at the world rn and the policies that follow. #YouKnowMe