After Alabama Gov Signs Ban, Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories With #YouKnowMe

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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.”

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.

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.”

Other women wrote about how their pregnancies threatened their lives.

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.

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.

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.

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I am glad all these women are coming forward with their stories of their abortions. Now I know the names and faces of murderers.

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