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Women Including Busy Philipps Share Their Stories In The Wake Of Alabama's Abortion Bill

Alabama's Republican governor signed a bill on Wednesday for a near-total ban on abortion, giving the southern US state the strictest abortion laws in the country.

Naturally, the shocking ruling has been met with global outrage from people who believe that terminating a pregnancy is a woman's right and banning it altogether implies a total disregard of female autonomy.

Now, thousands of women have come forward to share their stories of abortion under the social media hashtag #youknowme, started by actress Busy Philipps

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"So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth."

Following her lead, women shared their personal stories of terminating a pregnancy:


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Among the stories, one woman explained that she discovered her child had chromosomal and physical defects, prompting her to get an abortion. "It was the hardest decision of our lives, but it was the right one," she said.

One brave woman told the story of how she became pregnant after a condom broke during sex when she was just 16 years old. "There was never any question about what I was going to do and I have never regretted it," she said, adding, "I know at least 5 other women who also had one and went on to have kids later once they were ready, and are amazing moms. [sic]"

A woman from Washington shared her shockingly story of terminating her pregnancy down a "back alley" with a "Catheter and clothes hangar [sic]" in 1966. She noted she didn't die but "could have" - a scary outlook for the women of Alabama, where DIY abortions could become the norm with the new law in place.

The ban, which shockingly even includes cases of rape and incest, will see doctors face 10 years in prison for attempting to terminate a pregnancy and 99 years for carrying out the procedure.

Of the US state's 35-seat Senate, 25 men voted to ban abortion, while none of its four female senators backed the ban. It was subsequently signed by Alabama's Republican governor, Kay Ivey, and is expected to come into force in six months' time.

Though Alabama's laws are now the strictest, they follow the lead of four more states - Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio - that signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected.

Georgia's controversial new 'Fetal Heartbeat' bill, which would make abortion in the state illegal past the six week mark if passed, was met with global condemnation.

Opponents say the bill amounts to a ban on abortion as a heartbeat can be detected in an embryo as early as six weeks, that's two weeks after a missed period, leaving women a tiny - if not non-existent - window to get an abortion legally.

In response to Georgia's bill, actress Jameela Jamil called it "upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health," adding, "[It is] essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing [them] to carry the baby of their rapist."

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She also shared that she had also had an abortion calling it 'the best decision she has ever made'.

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Topics: News, Pregnancy, Life News

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

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