Hannah Gadsby opens up about having an abortion after being a victim of rape in Variety‘s Power of Pride issue.
The Australian comedian discusses Alabama’s anti-abortion law in the candid chat, telling the magazine: “They’re getting away with it because they’ve got into the branding really well. It’s not ‘pro-life.'”
“What a stupid f**king statement! I’m ‘pro-life,’ but I had an abortion. That sits very comfortably in my head as a duality.”
The “Nanette” star continues, “Had I been in that state, under these laws, under these politics at that time in my life, I would be dead. It’s as simple as that.”
Adding, “I was assaulted, raped and very, very vulnerable. How was I going to raise a child? I would have ended up dead. How is that pro-life? You can’t say women can’t have abortions and then provide absolutely no infrastructure to help them.”
Gadsby also explains how she “went from extreme invisibility to extreme visibility” as she talks about her rise to fame.
She explains, “I got the psychological bends – but I’ve been through worse.”
“I think when you’re in a position where you’re visible, you have to be [louder] for the little guys. I deal with the responsibility of being out and proud and even loud as much as I possibly can, because there are people who need to see me,” says Gadsby. “I don’t need to see me. I see me everyday. But I understand the importance of being a public person who can be representative of a minority.”