Busy Philipps opens up about her abortion at age 15 in response to 'heartbeat' bill introduced in Georgia
The actor said she is 'really scared' for women throughout the country and condemned Georgia's controversial 'heartbeat' bill.
Actor Busy Philipps spoke about her abortion at the age of 15 on her talk show 'Busy Tonight', and condemned Georgia's controversial "heartbeat bill", signed into law. The 39-year-old star said that she is "really scared" for women throughout the country after Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, on Tuesday, signed the bill that bans abortion at the detection of cardiac activity in the womb – as early as six weeks, which is before many even women know they are pregnant. The bill makes exceptions in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger.
"I had an abortion when I was 15 years old, and I’m telling you this because I am genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country," Philipps said on her show. "And I think that we all need to be talking more and sharing our stories more." The 'Cougar Town' actor fought back tears as she went on, adding that "No bill that criminalizes abortion will stop anyone from making this incredibly personal choice, but these laws will put more women at risk. Every woman deserves compassion and care, not judgment and interference when it comes to their own bodies."
Acknowledging the controversy surrounding the bill, Philipps said: "I know that people feel very strongly about abortion, but let me just say this. Women and their doctors are in the best position to make informed decisions about what is best for them," Philipps said. "Nobody else. Nobody," she reiterated.
With her talk, Philipps has joined the growing group of female celebrities, including the actor Jemima Kirke and comedian Chelsea Handler, who have spoken publicly up their abortions in order to de-stigmatize the decision. After the show, Philipps tweeted: "I spoke about my abortion on my show tonight because I can not (sic) sit idly by while women’s rights are stripped away."
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