Busy Philipps Creates #youknowme Hashtag to 'End the Shame' Around Abortion
“Many people think they don’t know someone who has, but #youknowme,” the actress tweeted.
It’s been a dark couple of days for women in America, as Alabama passes a law that bans abortion with VERY few exceptions. But there’s hope in the form of celebrities using their platforms to break the stigma.
One star leading the initiative is Busy Philipps, who spoke her truth about having an abortion at age 15 on "Busy Tonight" last week. But the courageous actress didn’t just stop there. Philipps also urged her followers to share their stories and "end the shame" by hosting an open forum on Twitter.
"1 in 4 women have had an abortion," Philipps powerfully tweets began. "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," she continued. "Use #youknowme and share your truth."
"#youknowme" instantly became a trending topic on Twitter. Philipps’ original tweet has already amassed 4.2K replies, and growing, with retweets and responses from Jameela Jamil, Rosanna Arquette and director Miranda July.
Busy isn’t the only Hollywood star taking a stance on the issue. Last week, Alyssa Milano called for a #SexStrike due to "our reproductive rights being erased."
"Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," the actress tweeted. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on."
Andy Cohen, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Legend, Ava DuVernay and more have also spoken out on social media — see their posts here.
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