Jameela Jamil slams 'fetal heartbeat bill', says having an abortion was the 'best decision' she ever made
Jameela Jamil got candid about an abortion that she had when she was younger, terming it the "best decision" she had ever made even as she slammed Georgia's controversial 'heartbeat bill'.
The 33-year-old spoke about the new abortion law which will make it illegal for women to have an abortion after a heartbeat has been detected in the fetus in the womb. While drawing on her own personal experiences, Jamil explained how she had an abortion as she was not "emotionally, physically or financially" ready to have a child.
"I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made," she shared.
"Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel," she added.
In a later post, she also defended her decision and insisted that it was "my body, my choice" while slamming the new bill. The actress called out the anti-abortion law in Georgia as "so upsetting, inhumane and demonstrative of a hatred of women." She further shared, "I DON’T GIVE A FLYING F**K WHAT YOU THINK OF MY DECISION. MY BODY. MY CHOICE."
"This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist," she continued.
Jamil clarified that she was not insulting foster homes but did warn that Georgia could become "inundated with unwanted children" which would make it very difficult to re-house them.
Jamil's comments echo that of fellow actresses Busy Phillipps and Alyssa Milano who have also spoken out against the anti-abortion law. Phillips defended the rights of "women and their doctors" while on an episode of her late night talk show.
"The statistic is that one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you're sitting there thinking, 'I don't know a woman who would have an abortion'. Well, you know me," she continued.
Alyssa, on the other hand, decided to take a different approach and called on women to go on a "sex strike" until the controversial anti-abortion law in Georgia has been repealed.
She took to Twitter to share, "Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I'm calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on."