Busy Philipps is using her platform for good.
The actress appeared in front of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to testify against the Southern states’ anti-abortion laws, joining Yale professor Melissa Murray, medical director of the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, Dr. Yashica Robinson, director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project Jennifer Dalven and youth activist HK Gray.
During her time, Philipps emphasized that criminalizing abortions “will not stop abortions from happening, but [it] will drive women and girls and people into the shadows, which is what this has always been about: shaming and controlling women’s bodies.”
She continued, “The word bravery didn’t sit right with me. Why is it brave to speak to an experience millions of people in the world throughout history have gone through? And then I realized. It is considered brave because as women, we have been taught to feel shame about our bodies since birth.”
Just weeks ago, Philipps shared the story of her own abortion on her now-cancelled late-night series “Busy Tonight”, “I had an abortion at 15-years-old,” she explained. “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.”
Following her testimony, Phillips took to Twitter to admit speaking before Congress “was one of the scarier things I have done in my life,” but admitted she is “willing to use my platform and voice to speak for the overwhelming majority of Americans who believe that abortion is health care and needs to remain safe & legal & accessible.”