Women to come forward in retaliation of restrictive abortion laws passed this month with a new hashtag #youknowme to share their personal abortion stories.
Last week, late night host Busy Phillips revealed she had an abortion when she was 15 years old. The “Busy Tonight” host said that it was important that people knew she got an abortion as 1 in 4 women will get on in their lifetime, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Phillips’ original announcement was in response to Georgia passing a “heartbeat” abortion ban which outlaws abortion after six weeks. One week later, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey went a step further signed into law a near total-abortion ban in the state that makes it a felony for people to perform an abortion at any time in a pregnancy unless a woman’s life is in danger.
Phillips encouraged women on Twitter to share their abortion stories with the hashtag #youknowme to “end the shame.”
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
Similar to the #metoo hashtag that blew up in 2018, women across the nation shared their stories.
Some detailed the difficult decision they had to make after finding out their pregnancy was non-viable.
I had a second trimester abortion. Our son never formed an airway. Had he survived birth he would have been brain dead. That wasn’t the life I wanted for him. It was the first true parenting decision I ever made. I am not a monster or a criminal. #youknowme
— Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt (@Erica_DSW) May 16, 2019
I was 26, happily married and excited for the pregnancy. We got a non compatible with life diagnosis – the skull didn’t form. We ended the pregnancy at 13 weeks. We made the best choice for us and now have a happy and healthy baby #youknowme #1in4
— Michelle (@seash1492) May 16, 2019
One person who shared their experience was former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. “Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure I knew it had happened,” she tweeted Wednesday. “In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not go back.”
Almost 60 years ago, my mother had an illegal abortion. It was too harrowing for her to discuss, but she made sure I knew it had happened. In 2010, my wife had a legal abortion after we found out her pregnancy was not viable. We cannot and will not go back. #YouKnowMe #YouKnowUs
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) May 16, 2019
Other women wrote about how their pregnancies threatened their lives.
I went to the doctor for heavy bleeding between periods. Turned out my IUD implanted itself an inch into my uterine wall, & I was 6 weeks pregnant. Every time I moved wrong, the tear in my uterus got a little bit bigger. Abortion saved my life & let me heal #YouKnowMe
— ⚡🔎Min🔍⚡ (@RainDripDrops) May 15, 2019
One of the more controversial moves in the Alabama law is that it does not make an exception for women and girls who are victims of rape or incest.
I was sixteen. I had been raped by a school volunteer. The fetus had caused internal bleeding and I was fifteen minutes from dying. I was a Sophomore in high school…dying because of the choice of one man. It was either me or the fetus that was going to die anyway. #youknowme
— Jennifer N (@TheSaltWell) May 15, 2019
Date raped at 21. So awful I put it out of my head. Got pregnant. Parents said, what ever you want to do we’ll support your decision. I’ll never forget their support. I made the right decision. #Youknowme
— Wanda Reardart (@Reardart) May 16, 2019
Some Twitter users said they were in abusive relationships, couldn’t afford a child, became pregnant despite using forms of birth control, or simply weren’t emotionally prepared to have a child.
My boyfriend at the time said I could either have an abortion or he could beat “it” out of me. I cried the entire time. And months after so hard I would vomit. I count the age with every passing year, But it’s probably the only reason I’m alive today. 1 in 4. #youknowme
— Meg (@gingermghn) May 16, 2019
I had an abortion in 1977. My husband and I were married but both working to make a mortgage payment that was double our previous rent. We weren’t ready for a child. I do not feel guilty nor do I owe anyone an explanation. My Body #YouKnowMe
— Marlene (@marbquick51) May 16, 2019
In the wake of Alabama and Georgia’s bans, the Missouri Senate passed a bill late Wednesday night that would ban all abortions after eight weeks. The bill now heads to the Republican-controlled House and will eventually land on the desk of Republican Gov. Mike Parson if approved.