On Wednesday, the governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, signed an almost total ban on abortion as a law in the state.
Following a related action in Georgia, women across the country shared their stories about abortion on Twitter using the hashtag. #You already know how I am in the period before and after Ivey's action in Alabama.
Women have spoken en masse against the threats to abortion and the reproductive rights of the legislation in both states, along with the pending measures in other states.
The Alabama Human Life Protection Act only allows abortions "to avoid a serious risk to the health of the mother of the unborn child" and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly". According to the new law, abortion is also prohibited in Alabama for rape victims. and incest, and doctors can face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion.
On May 7, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, meaning that women can not have abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.
"One in four women has had an abortion," he tweeted actress Busy Philipps on Tuesday night. "Many people think they do not know someone who has done it, but
#you already know how I am. So let's do this: if you're also 1 in 4, let's share it and begin to finish the shame. Use #you already know how I am and share your truth. "
Philipps recently shared his own story of Aborting at 15 years old. In an episode of his E! talk show, "Busy Tonight." His label went on when the women tweeted their experiences.
Some women who shared their stories aborted because they were not prepared to be mothers or were not financially prepared. Others cited abusive relationships and violations in their decision. Some credited an abortion with saving his life.
Those who contributed included Rutgers University student Jessica Valenti, a feminist author.
Celebrities, including actress Lady Gaga, also spoke out against the abortion ban in Alabama.
"It is outrageous to prohibit abortion in the Alabama period, and all the more atrocious that excludes those who have been raped or are experiencing incest, not consensual or not," said the 33-year-old singer and actress. part of a statement posted on Twitter. "So, is there a higher fine for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists?"
Actress Milla Jovovich shared her story about abortion on Tuesday.
Jovovich, 43, said she had to have an emergency abortion when she had a premature birth when she was four and a half months pregnant two years ago.
"It was one of the most horrible experiences I've ever experienced," he posted on Instagram. "I still have nightmares about it, I was alone and helpless, and when I think about the fact that women may have to face abortions in even worse conditions than me because of the new laws, my stomach churns."
"I never wanted to talk about this experience," said Jovovich. "But I can not remain silent when there is so much at stake."
Do you have any advice? Amy Kuperinsky can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or in Facebook.
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