Women Respond To Alabama Abortion Ban By Sharing Their Abortion Stories With #YouKnowMe

Multiple celebrities are using their platforms to protest the push for harsher abortion regulations in a handful of southern states. ‘The Good Place’ actress Jameela Jamil shared her abortion story in response to Georgia’s newest law and now T.V personality Busy Philipps of ‘Busy Tonight’ has done the same – introducing the hashtag #YouKnowMe.

Philipps has been openly pro-choice and decided to first share the story of her abortion on her show after Georgia signed their “fetal heartbeat” bill into law. “The statistic is that one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people,” she said to her audience, “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 the country.”

The phrase ‘you know me’ struck a chord with her producer Tina Fey, who encouraged her to start the hashtag. Philipps told The New York Times,”She said, ‘I think you hit on something, which is you know me,’” but admitted to the outlet she felt too “overwhelmed” to do it right after opening up about her story. After the Alabama Senate passed another restrictive abortion bill, effectively completely banning it, which has since been signed into law, she tweeted out against it and used #YouKnowMe. She encouraged women to use the hashtag to share their own abortion stories to “end the shame” that surrounds the procedure. Like the similar hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion, it quickly went viral.

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