With restrictive abortion bans or “heartbeat laws” sweeping the country, people are talking about abortion in ways they haven’t since the passage of Roe v. Wade, or at least since 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey supreme court decision.
It’s so easy to believe that we live in a bubble – that the decisions people make or are forced to make when ending a pregnancy could never touch us – but actress Busy Phillips changed all of that with one tweet:
Earlier in the week, she went on TV and said this:
“The statistic is one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’ Well, you know me. I had an abortion when I was 15 years old, and I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country. And I think that we all need to be talking more and sharing our stories more.”
Other women agreed, and women have been sharing their stories about their abortions on #YouKnowMe.
Even though it’s actually no one’s business but theirs and their doctors, they’re doing the world a service by attempting to change the conversation and ease the stigma around abortion.
Below are 17 touching stories.
#17. Her life is on track.
#16. Nothing is 100%.
#15. A lot goes into it.
#14. What’s best.
#13. Where she is now.
#11. Everyone has their own timeline.
#10. You are not alone.
#9. For her life.
#8. Love is involved.
#7. Refusing tubal ligation shouldn’t be a thing.
#6. You can feel the pain in her words.
#5. Reasons are personal.
#4. She could have died.
#3. Her choice.
#2. How much worse would a baby have made it?
#1. Very few take it lightly.
Keep an open mind, friends. Chances are someone in your own circle is sharing, too.