Earlier this week, a leaked US Supreme Court document revealed that a majority of Supreme Court justices plan to support the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in all US states, but the potential reversal would severely restrict access to abortion in 26 US states, affecting millions of women.
It is not currently clear if this will be the court’s final ruling, but after the documents were leaked, there was mass outrage at the potential ruling around the world with protests taking place outside the Supreme Court. On social media, people have shared their thoughts condemning the potential ruling, and a number of people have been sharing their own experiences of getting an abortion, including singer Phoebe Bridgers.
Over the years, celebrities in the United Kingdom and the United States have shared their stories of abortion, usually to show their support for abortion services. These are all the celebrities and reality stars who have shared their experiences with abortion:
After Supreme Court documents leaked earlier this week, Phoebe Bridgers shared her abortion story on Twitter.
She said she had an abortion last year while on tour and used family planning to get access to him.
Phoebe tweeted: “I had an abortion in October last year while on tour. I went to Parenting where they gave me abortion pills. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.”
As part of her tweet, she included a list of organizations to donate to who help fund and arrange abortions across the various US states. You can find the list here.
Over the years Jamila Jamil has been very vocal about her experience with abortion. In 2019, she said the decision to have an abortion was the “best decision” she had ever made, and earlier this week she shared a post on her Instagram saying that an abortion saved her life.
On Twitter in 2019, she tweeted: “I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I ever made. For me and my child I didn’t want it and wasn’t ready for it emotionally, psychologically and financially. Many children will end up in foster homes, [and] many souls [will be] destructive.”
Then she wrote on Instagram today: “Abortion saved my life. It was not difficult for me, I live without regrets, just deep relief and gratitude.”
Jamila shared her thoughts on the potential ruling including the widely shared feeling that ending abortion rights only leads to safe abortion.
In 2015, Sex Education’s Jemima Kirke shared the story of her miscarriage as part of a campaign video for the Center for Reproductive Rights in the United States.
Jemima revealed that she had an abortion in 2007 when she was in college. She said, “I wasn’t sure I wanted to be associated with this person for the rest of my life.
“My life was not conducive to raising a happy and healthy child. Therefore, I decided to have an abortion.”
As part of her appearance in the video, Jemima also spoke about the cost of having an abortion and how she chose not to get an anesthetic during the procedure because she could not afford it.
She said, ‘I had to empty my checking account – what I had there – and get some from my boyfriend. I realized if I didn’t take anesthesia I would be able to afford to do so. Anesthesia wasn’t much more than that but when you look hundreds of dollars , that’s a lot.
“I just didn’t have it. It’s the hurdle and this stigma that makes these things completely unavailable…but there are a few loops we have to jump through to get them.”
In 2019, Kiki Palmer shared her abortion experience in response to Alabama’s strict abortion decision.
She wrote on Twitter that she had a miscarriage because she was worried about balancing her career and being a mother.
She said:I was worried about my professional responsibilities and was afraid of not being a working woman and a mother. Sometimes Twitter is too flat and too short to express intimate feelings – words without context [can be] Very annoying.
“I’m disappointed to hear the news in Alabama. I feel as if women’s rights laws are going down. Solo choice is being made. I’m really so confused in the world [right now] and the policies it follows.
As part of an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014, Nicki Minaj revealed that she had an abortion when she was a teenager.
She said she thought she was going to die and had nothing to offer a child at the time.
Nikki said:I thought I was going to die – I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. It would be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice – I wasn’t ready. I had nothing to offer a child.”
Former Love Island contestant and influencer Anna Vakili revealed that she had an abortion while speaking on her podcast “Sisters in City.”
Anna said she had the abortion when she was 21 after having unprotected sex. She said, “When I was younger – about 21, I was having unprotected sex – I don’t know what I was thinking. I wasn’t, and I ended up pregnant.
“Obviously I was very young and unprepared, and had an abortion. At this age, you don’t think about what would happen and I have deep regret that I became pregnant.”
Anna went on to say that she received no sexual education in school because her parents did not approve of her sitting in the classroom.
She said on the podcast, “At school the teachers sent a letter home for our parents to sign telling us if it was OK for us to sit on sex education, my parents didn’t sign it and it was the most embarrassing thing of all because the teacher took me out of class when they studied sex education.”
In 2019, former Love Islander Olivia Atwood denounced the abortion ban in Alabama and shared her own story of having an abortion at the age of 20.
Olivia said having an abortion was one of the most “logical” decisions she had ever made, and she didn’t believe the restrictions that were due to go into effect.
She wrote on Instagram: “I can’t believe the things I’ve read happen in the US. Having an abortion when I was 20 is one of the few sensible decisions I’ve made in this life, and I can’t imagine how horrible that option was.”
Olivia shared her story along with a pie chart depicting the reasons why women miscarry. Each part of the pie chart is labeled “Nobody’s Work”.
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