“1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don’t know someone who has, but #YouKnowMe,” tweeted US TV host Busy Phillips heralding another hashtag that goes beyond social media walls to initiate revelations, contemplations, and discussions over the reproductive rights of women.
On her late-night TV show ‘Busy Tonight’ recently, Phillips revealed that she had had an abortion when she was 15.
Her comments and tweets were in light of the recent ban imposed by the US state of Alabama on abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy, which is too early for a woman to even realise she is pregnant. Many other US states like Georgia and Mississippi too are curbing abortion rights of women, almost completely.
Tweeting about the same she encouraged other women to open up about their abortion experiences. The main cause for the backlash is that the law does not even consider cases of incest and rape, and thus can severely affect young girls. The tweets that came in response reveal how abortion was a lifesaver to many, especially those who had been violated and others who were not in a position to look after kids due to economic constraints or other reasons.
“I’m telling you this because I am genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country,” said an emotional Phillips on her show.
Women from different walks of life have embraced the campaign, sharing the reasons and experiences associated with their abortion. While some celebrities like Jameela Jamil, Amber Tamblyn, and others shared their own abortion experiences others including Rihanna and Ellen Degeneres opposed the bill.