Recent abortion legislation introduced in Georgia and Alabama is causing outrage in the U.S. as Republican-run states introduce harsh laws criminalizing the terminating of a pregnancy in an apparent attempt to challenge Roe v. Wade in the right-tilting Supreme Court.
Celebrities have been taking to social media to protest the laws, and actress Busy Philipps is taking things a step further with a new hashtag intended to “end the shame” associated with abortion, encouraging women to publicly share their own personal abortion stories.
One in four women have had an abortion, Philipps wrote on Twitter. “Many people think they don’t know someone who has, but #youknowme,” she continued.
“So let’s do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let’s share it and start to end the shame,” she added. “Use #youknowme and share your truth.”
Within a few hours, #youknowme began trending on Twitter as numerous women shared their own personal stories, with actresses Patricia Arquette and Jameela Jamil among those to respond.
On a recent edition of her talk show, “Busy Tonight”, the former “Cougar Town” star revealed that she had an abortion when she was a teenager.
“I know that people feel very strongly about abortion, but let me just say this: Women and their doctors are in the best position to make informed decisions about what is best for them,” Philipps said. “Nobody else, nobody.”