Jameela Jamil, Milla Jovovich open up about past abortions to protest new laws
Actresses Milla Jovovich and Jameela Jamil are revealing their past abortions in the wake of new abortion legislation they call “inhumane” and “draconian.”
Georgia’s “fetal heartbeat” law, passed earlier this month, would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected and only allow exceptions in cases where the fetus isn’t viable, the mother’s health is in jeopardy. Exceptions are also made for survivors of rape and incest, provided a police report is on file.
Alabama’s proposed law, which now awaits the governor’s signaturebans all abortions at any stage unless the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk.
“I don’t like to get political and I try to only do it if a really have to and this is one of those times,” Jovovich, the Ukrainian-born star of films like “Resident Evil” and “The Fifth Element,” wrote on Instagram Tuesday.
“Abortion is hard enough for women on an emotional level without having to go through it in potentially unsafe and unsanitary conditions,” the 43-year-old actress wrote. “I myself went through an emergency abortion 2 years ago. I was 4 1/2 months pregnant and shooting on location in Eastern Europe. I went into preterm labor and told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure. It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through. I still have nightmares about it.”
She continued, “I was alone and helpless. When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns. I spiraled into one of the worst depressions of my life and had to work extremely hard to find my way out.”
Actresses Jameela Jamil and Milla Jovovich are sharing details of their own abortions to show the danger restrictive new legislation poses to women. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jovovich added, “Thank God I was able to find my way out of that personal hell without turning to medication, but the memory of what I went through and what I lost will be with me till the day I die. Abortion is a nightmare at its best. No woman wants to go through that. But we have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe one if we need to. I never wanted to speak about this experience. But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake.”
In a series of tweets posted Monday, Jamil, who stars on NBC’s “The Good Place,” said, “I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. 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.”
I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. 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.
The British actress, 33, didn’t mince words, calling Georgia’s law “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.”
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. https://t.co/WROYaLAwPG
Over the weekend, fellow actress and activist Alyssa Milano made waves when she called for women to go on a sex strike to protest the new legislation.
She later co-authored a CNN op-ed explaining her position, saying the sex-strike idea accomplished its goal.
“It got the country talking about the GOP’s undeniable war on women. And let’s face it, with so much going on every day in the news, sometimes we need an extreme response to get national attention,” the op-ed reads. “So now that we have your attention: Our reproductive rights are blatantly and systematically being stripped away before our very eyes.”
Milano explains sex strike: ‘Extreme response’ was needed to get national attention
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