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In light of today’s horrific news surrounding the future of Roe v. Wade, many celebrities are using social media to show their support for abortion rights and access. Tracee Ellis Ross, Alyssa Milano, and Lena Dunham all shared posts on Instagram, while actor Mark Ruffalo shared his stance on Twitter.
“I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour. I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access,” she tweeted, linking to a list of abortion funds to support.
I had an abortion in October of last year while I was on tour. I went to planned parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves that kind of access.
Here’s a big list of places you can donate to right now. https://t.co/jT0sk6CeNX
— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) May 3, 2022
Planned Parenthood is one of the many nonprofit organizations that provide reproductive health care for all individuals, including abortion services, abortion referral, emergency contraception, general health care, LGBTQ+ services, men’s health services, pregnancy testing and services, and STD testing and treatment. It is also one of the organizations currently being affected by anti-abortion legislation.
If the initial Supreme Court draft opinion leaked by Politico comes to pass, the future of a woman’s right to receive an abortion will be left up to individual states. Republican-led states like Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas have already challenged Roe v. Wade and created several legislative efforts to restrict abortion. For obvious reasons, this is a tragedy that directly impacts people’s right to have autonomy over their body.
According to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, one of the most powerful ways to fight back against these legislative attacks is to share individual experiences with abortion — just as Bridgers has done. “Sharing our authentic stories and experiences helps destigmatize abortion,” the website reads. “The more your own followers see widespread support, the more likely they are to speak up, too.”
Bridgers is not the only celeb to speak out about her experience with abortion. Busy Philipps opened up about her abortion on her E! late-night talk show “Busy Tonight” in 2019, and Nicki Minaj previously shared her story with Rolling Stone.
“This is a critical time for supporters to channel outrage into action: we will not quietly stand by and let our rights be stripped away,” Jamesa Bailey, director of Black campaigns at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tells POPSUGAR. “Whatever the final decision, rest assured that Planned Parenthood will not stop fighting back and working to protect and expand abortion access all across the country.”
If you’re wondering what you can do to support abortion access, you can start by donating to an abortion fund like the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund or Fund Texas Choice. You can also read this article for more ways to action.