Ashley Judd has long been one of Hollywood’s most outspoken actresses, and now she’s disclosing an abortion she underwent when she became pregnant after being raped.
Judd, 50, spoke on Thursday at Tina Brown’s 10th annual Women in the World Summit in New York, discussing the state of Georgia’s recent legislation banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur before a woman realizes she’s pregnant.
“As everyone knows, and I’m very open about it, I’m a three-time rape survivor,” she said. “And one of the times I was raped, there was conception, and I’m very thankful I was able to access safe and legal abortion,” Judd said. “Because that rapist, who is a Kentuckian, as am I, and I reside in Tennessee, has paternity rights in Kentucky and Tennessee. I would have had to co-parent with a rapist.”
Added Judd: “So having safe access to abortion was personally important to me and, as I said earlier, democracy starts with our skin. We’re not supposed to regulate what we choose to do with our insides.”
Judd is one of more than 50 Hollywood stars to sign Alyssa Milano’s letter threatening to boycott filming movie and television projects in the state if the Georgia legislature passed the controversial bill, with other stars to sign including Mandy Moore, Debra Messing, Don Cheadle, Amy Schumer, and Ben Stiller.
During her appearance at the event, Judd also discussed the first time she spoke out about being sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein — but that “no one was able or willing to listen.” Watch: