In light of the recent signing of the ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion bill in Georgia, in the United States, several celebrities from all over the world have voiced their outrage. From actress Ashley Judd and Busy Philipps, to social activist and actress Jameela Jamil, these celebrities have openly expressed their opposition.
The ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion bill was signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on May 7th, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to this law, women cannot abort a fetus after six weeks of conception, due to the presence of a ‘fetal heartbeat’ that can be detected.
Women in the state of Georgia will not be able to legally, safely and medically undergo abortions effective 1st January 2020. The bill will not only enforce victims of rape and incest to keep their babies, but also co-parent with the rapist.
In order to decry the abortion ban, celebrity Busy Philipps, from the famous movie White Chicks, started the hashtag #YouKnowMe in order to create awareness about the innumerable women who get abortions.
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.
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 15, 2019
This movement gathered momentum, with more than 56K likes, and over 11K retweets. Philipps ends her tweet with a call to action to all the women to be unashamed. She urges them to stand up to their decision of terminating a pregnancy. Sharing their truth will enlighten the lawmakers of the severe gravity of the situation.
Jameela Jamil, The Good Place actress, followed suit, with her tweet bashing these lawmakers. She deems her call to terminate her unwanted pregnancy as “the best decision I ever made” for both, herself, and the baby.
I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel.
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) May 13, 2019
Many other prominent names in the industry have opened up about one of the most personal and private issues a woman goes through.
Ashley Judd, the actress from Divergent and Tooth Fairy, sends a powerful message about how she was impregnated at the age of 30 by a rapist.
And the stories will keep pouring in. At a time like this, we must stand together with these strong women. What are your thoughts on this? How can we support women in such dire times?
Amidst this whole issue, real women on Malini’s Girl Tribe, had a lot to say. We discussed this issue and they shared their personal experiences and thoughts on there. Click here to join the group, and be part of this conversation.
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