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EntertainmentBusy Philipps counters anti-abortion laws with #YouKnowMe; Lady Gaga, others speak out

13:10  16 may  2019
13:10  16 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Busy Philipps and other celebrities have taken to social media to push back against anti - abortion legislation being considered by many states. I am 1 in 4. # youknowme ❤️ I know there is power in sharing our stories. I know it," she wrote in an Instagram post that has attracted nearly 120,000 likes

Busy Philipps recently shared her abortion experience with Congress in a testimony to defend reproductive rights. The actress shared her own abortion story on her talk show, Busy Tonight, and encouraged others to share their experiences with the hashtag # YouKnowMe .

Busy Philipps counters anti-abortion laws with #YouKnowMe; Lady Gaga, others speak out© Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 29: Busy Philipps speaks on the "Busy Tonight" panel during the NBCUniversal portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 29, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775283183 ORIG FILE ID: 1126008800

Actress and talk show host Busy Philipps is asking women who have had abortions to tell their stories as part of a push against anti-abortion legislation being considered and enacted in a number of states.

Philipps' effort comes as Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Wednesday signed a near-total abortion ban. The state is one of a dozen that have passed or attempted to pass stricter abortion legislation this year.

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In the midst of new anti - abortion legislation in multiple states, actress and talk show host Busy Philipps is encouraging women to share their stories. Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we

In the midst of new anti - abortion legislation in multiple states, actress and talk show host Busy Philipps is encouraging women to share their stories.

Philipps, who recently shared her story about having an abortion at 15, reached out to other women on social media as part of the launch of her #YouKnowMe campaign, saying one in four have had abortions. Sharing stories will help to end the shame often associated with abortion, she wrote.

"There is an attack on women happening in this country right now. I won't be silent and I have no shame about my personal choice. I am 1 in 4. #youknowme ❤️ I know there is power in sharing our stories. I know it," she wrote in an Instagram post that has attracted nearly 120,000 likes since being posted earlier Wednesday.

Philipps, who also advocates donations to organizations fighting "these draconian laws," doesn't cite a source for her statistic. However, a 2017 analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, which focuses on issues relating to reproductive health and rights, cites the same statistic and says 23.7% of women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the age of 45.

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Busy Philipps is speaking out for abortion rights. “Girl, get your facts straight. Do some research. Read something other than the propaganda that’s forced on you from the religious right. Philipps didn’t personally address other negative comments she received from those with anti - abortion beliefs.

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There is an attack on women happening in this country right now. I won't be silent and I have no shame about my personal choice. I am 1 in 4. #youknowme ❤️ I know there is power in sharing our stories. I know it. There is also power in following and donating to some of the organizations doing work to try to stop these draconian laws from going into effect: @prochoiceamerica @plannedparenthood @yellowfund @reprorights

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In a parallel message on Twitter, which has had more than 5,800 retweets and 29,000 likes since Tuesday, Philipps, the host of the E! talk show "Busy Tonight," cited the statistic and included the hashtag: "1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth."

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In the midst of new anti - abortion legislation in multiple states, actress and talk show host Busy Philipps is encouraging women to share their stories.

Busy Philipps testified in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, days after Louisiana became the eighth state to pass an abortion law taking The following week she sparked a social media campaign by urging women to share their own stories under the hashtag # youknowme .

Philipps, 39, tearfully discussed her abortion on the May 7 edition of her series, saying she was motivated by Georgia's "heartbeat bill" restricting abortion.

"I can not sit idly by while women’s rights are stripped away," she said.

Philipps added: "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."

Many other celebrities, including Lady Gaga, actors Reese Witherspoon and Alyssa Milano and director Ava DuVernay, took to social media to push back against anti-abortion legislation.

Gaga offered her prayers and detailed her thoughts: "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. 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."

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"I’m beyond upset about the passing of new abortion bans in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, and Ohio," Witherspoon tweeted. "This is Unconstitutional and Abhorrent. We can not tolerate this attack on women’s fundamental rights."

In one of a number of tweets opposing the legislation, Milano said the efforts in various states are part of a larger Republican war on women.

"There have been nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone," she wrote. "This is Trump's anti-choice agenda and part of the GOP's war on women."

DuVernay, responding to a news report about the progress of the Alabama legislation, wrote that the current situation cannot be normalized and that it requires action.

"Don't move forward after reading this like everything is normal. Don't shake your head at Alabama and then keep going about your day," she wrote. "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."

Actress Michelle Rodriguez also posted a series of tweets decrying the legislation in several states, offering her followers information on how to get involved, urging women to move and saying, "Turning back time to the knuckle dragging era of cave men, sad."

"The Good Place" actress Jameela Jamil warned: "Hope the people of Alabama who want the abortion ban are up for donating their money and space to the MEGA influx of kids in need of care, coming your way."

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"Terrifying + insane" is how musician Maggie Rogers described the legislation in one tweet, adding, "all I’m left with is this boiling feeling of helplessness + anger + fear in my chest. how do you celebrate your mother and then seek to control her?"

Contributing: Dillon Thompson, Montgomery Advertiser

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