Celebrities Who Have Openly Talked About Having Abortions – SheKnows

Individuals deserve bodily autonomy and the right to obtain a safe and routine medical procedure when they need it. And although the majority of Americans support access to abortionfor some reason this idea is still being debated and regularly attacked by lawmakers.

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In recent years, following an upsurge in movements against reproductive rights, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have turned their personal lives into politics and brought attention to the issue of abortion. While often celebrity-led moves are super cringe, stars who speak up and don’t apologize for their own abortion stories are actually invaluable in normalizing the experience and lifting the stigma around it. After all, when people have the ability to choose when and if they want to expand their families, they have a better chance of accomplishing what they want to do and living the life they want. And seeing leading people share their own reproductive health choices (and the positive consequences of having that access) is a damning reminder that we are pretty much all know and love someone who has had an abortion.

As Michelle Williams said in her 2019 Golden Globes speech: “When you put this in someone’s hands, you recognize the choices they make as an actor moment by moment, scene by scene, day. day in and day out – but you also recognize the choices they make as a person. The education they got, the training they sought, the hours they put in. I’m grateful for the recognition of the choices that I have made and I am also grateful to have lived at a time in our society where choice exists because as women and as girls things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice.

Ahead — from Busy Phillips to Nicki Minaj, Ashley Judd to Stevie Knicks — here are some of the real-life celebrities (who we totally love) who are changing the conversation around abortion and inspiring vigorous action. (And we love it too!)

A version of this story was published in December 2020.

Helen D. Jessen