Celebs Who Are Speaking Out About Abortion Rights for Women
Shortly after Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed a law that would effectively ban abortion in the state after six weeks of pregnancy, Busy Philipps revealed that she had an abortion at 15 years old.
. "And maybe you're sitting there thinking, 'I don't know a woman who would have an abortion.' Well, you know me. I had an abortion when I was 15 years old, and I'm telling you this because I'm genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country. I think that we all need to be talking more and sharing our stories more."
The Aerie model posted several screenshots to her Instagram Stories to speak out against anti-abortion legislation.
"I may not be 1 in 4 [women who have had an abortion] but I know many of the people I love have been," she wrote over a screenshot of Busy Philipps' #YouKnowMe post. "And I'm grateful to you @busyphilipps and all the women sharing their truth."
"Know your rights," she wrote alongside a screenshot of a tweet from the ACLU, in which the organization explained that abortion is still legal in all 50 states, despite laws that are being passed at the state level.
The Top Chef host encouraged men to join the conversation surrounding women's reproductive rights.
"If you identify as male and someone you love has had an abortion or you just support a woman's right to choose, NOW is the time to let it be known. Use #himtoo and share your story," she wrote on Twitter.
star took to Twitter to not only talk about how "upsetting" and "inhumane" these new laws are, but she also shared her own experience with abortion.
"I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made," Jamil wrote. "Both for me, and for the baby I didn't want, and wasn't ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially."
Evan Rachel Wood
Practically all of Evan Rachel Wood's Twitter feed is dedicated to informing her followers about news surrounding women's rights, but the Westworld actress *really* hit the nail on the head when she (jokingly) suggested that vasectomies should be "mandatory" for men until they want to have children.
"Come on guys, let's save lives!" she tweeted. "What's that? A hard no? Why? 'Cause it's your body and we don't get to make that choice for you? Ooooooohhhhh!!!"
The Fenty Beauty founder is pretty low-key on social media, but after Alabama legislators voted in favor of one of the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion laws, she posted a photo of the 25 senators (all of whom are men) who voted to advance the law in the state.
"Take a look. These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America," Rihanna wrote on Instagram. "Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!!"
The general news cycle can be extremely overwhelming to follow—even when abortion legislation isn't making headlines—but Ava DuVernay is urging people not to get complacent.
"Don't move forward after reading this like everything is normal," she tweeted. "Don't shake your head at Alabama and then keep going about your day. Realize that this is a warning. It's Alabama and abortion today. It's you and your rights tomorrow. Your silence will not save you. So speak up."
You probably know Rachel Brathen as @yoga_girl on Instagram, but the influencer recently took a moment to post something to her feed that had nothing to do with yoga.
"I did a poll in [Instagram] stories asking 'Should women have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies' and several hundred people answered 'NO'. Many of them women," Brathen wrote. "Which century are we in? Are the people answering no to this question on fundamental human rights considering the fact that most people that are anti-abortion or pro-forced childbirth are massively privileged and that the majority of women that actually suffer through having to make these hard choices are not? You will never be able to put yourself in the shoes of a woman fighting to put food on the table every day and how scarcity and lack of support greatly impacts a life-changing choice like this."
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The singer posted several screenshots of Rankin's tweets, which focused on reminding people that abortion is still legal in all U.S. states. "If you have an appointment scheduled, DO NOT ASSUME IT IS CANCELED," Rankin wrote. She also named a couple of organizations to donate to, including Alabama's Yellowhammer Fund, as well as the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Lovato also shared her own message regarding reproductive rights: "Whether you agree or not, every human and in this case woman deserves the right to decide themselves what they want to or feel the need to do with THEIR body. It is not your choice to make. Especially when their body was taken from them in the first place. (rape victims)"
The Orange Is the New Black star shared a photo from NYC graphic designer Brittany Paige, which showed an illustration of women protesting with signs that read, "Pro-choice," "Vaginas brought you into this world. Vaginas will vote you out," "Protect reproductive rights," and "Think outside my box."
Brooks also took to her Instagram Stories to tell her followers about a recent rule from President Trump's administration that would effectively "destroy Title X." ICYDK, Title X is a law that provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes who might otherwise not be able to afford these services.
For now, federal courts have blocked the rule that would restrict these services, but Brooks is urging her followers to visit ProtectX.org/learn to educate themselves and stay vigilant. "We must pay attention," she wrote.
The "Born This Way" singer sent her love to Alabama on Twitter and shared a message explaining her perspective on the state's anti-abortion legislation—specifically, its lack of an exception for those who get pregnant against their will.
"It is an outrage to ban abortion in Alabama period, and all the more heinous that it excludes those [who] have been raped or are experiencing incest non-consensual or not," Gaga wrote. "So there's a higher penalty for doctors who perform these operations than for most rapists? This is a travesty and I pray for all these women and young girls who will suffer at the hands of this system."