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.

Image credits: BusyPhilipps

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Naima Ivansdóttir 1 month ago

no, you're not. not even close.

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In 1973 Roe v Wade was passed by the Supreme Court to legalize abortion, but in 1992 they were faced with Casey v Planned Parenthood which is what ultimately gave individual states more control over how they regulated these abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research and policy organisation, the first quarter of 2019 saw at least 28 state legislatures introduce some form of abortion ban. So far seven states introduced restrictive abortion bans, with Alabama being the most recent.

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Naima Ivansdóttir 1 month ago

that's not even either/or here... if she died the foetus would have, too...

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the controversial abortion bill passed by The Alabama Senate passed the bill 25-6, that could punish doctors who perform abortions with a 99-year or lifetime prison sentence. The law does not allow exceptions for rape and incest, which even some religious supporters like Evangelical leader Pat Robertson said "has gone too far." The law only allows exceptions "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother," for ectopic pregnancy and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly." 

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Grace Barclay 1 month ago

No. I wish you healing and peace in your life.

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Georgia's governor Brian Kemp signed a "heartbeat bill", that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which is possible as early as six weeks. Heartbeats can be detected before many women even know that they're pregnant. Unlike Alabama there are exceptions in the case of rape and incest if a police report has been filed. Other exceptions include if an abortion is essential to saving the mother's life or if the fetus is not viable due to a serious medical issue. The ACLU has plans to challenge this legislation.

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

May that strenght continue to be with you. Women MUST have the right to decide over their own bodies. Period.

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Kentucky legislators have been going back and forth to pass abortion laws. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against a heartbeat law in the state and blocked it and earlier this month another judge struck down a 2018 abortion law that would have ended a common second-trimester abortion procedure known as“dilation and evacuation.” In response Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has begun the appeal process of this 2018 ruling and filed it with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

Horrible experience. Kepp being strong and standing up for your rights.

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Similar to Kentucky's legislation, Mississippi seeks to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected. The law was set to take effect on July 1, but the state's only abortion clinic and the Center for Reproductive Rights have asked a federal judge to block it. Current Mississippi restrictions require a 24-hour wait between an in-person consultation and the procedure.

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Foxxy 1 month ago (edited)

That really pisses me off. I want my uterus removed so I can’t fall pregnant, have no periods and not get early menopause. But I am deemed too young as I might want more kids. I have 2 children and I am 100000% sure I don’t want anymore. If my contraception fails I will be opting for an abortion. I hope it doesn’t happen but if it does that is the choice I will make.

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North Dakota's governor has signed legislation that makes it a crime for a doctor to perform a second-trimester abortion with the use of instruments i.e clamps, scissors and forceps in order to remove the fetus from the womb. If caught medical professionals would be faced with a felony charge, up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The bill would come into effect and be enforceable if a federal appeals court or the US Supreme Court allows it.

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Christina Sersif 1 month ago

And this is what it will turn back into if we make them illegal and unobtainable. Abortions have taken place since the ancient Egyptians. Women are going to do them no matter what the laws are.

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Ohio's governor signed a heartbeat bill this year which banned abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law does not provide any exceptions for rape or incest. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to challenge the six-week pregnancy ban, which is set to go into effect July 10 unless the ACLU court order is able to delay the start date while the lawsuit goes forward.


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Naima Ivansdóttir 1 month ago

and you shouldn't

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Heartbeat legislation started as a model bill passed around by fringe anti-abortion groups, until it was taken up by North Dakota in 2013 and ultimately struck down by the lower courts - who deemed it unconstitutional. While it is likely that these laws will continue to get struck down by lower courts, the hope of anti-abortion groups is that some will make it to the Supreme Court. Even if the justices do not overturn Roe v Wade there is the possibility that they can uphold these measures to make the procedure more difficult to obtain in these states.

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Lucinda Overhoussen 1 month ago

A child binds a woman to an abusive partner. Women are raped by abusive partners... Let's make a law that perpetuates this cycle and pat ourselves on the back for saving lives... Because that's the only thing that matters right!?

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

My oh my. Only 18 and dealing with cancer and pregnancy. Heavy. I am so glad that you are here, sharing your experience.

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- 1 month ago

Banning abortion won't stop it, only create dangerous, illegal ones, where girls will get permanently hurt.

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Mia Em 4 weeks ago

Same here

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Olive 1 month ago

I was adopted at birth and I would like to assume that my biological mother, whom I have NEVER met, wasn’t FORCED into carrying me. I am grateful for her willingness to give me up after birth in order to give me a better life with my parents, who could not conceive. However, if I found out she had been FORCED to carry me to term, I would feel inherently guilty about my existence. Adoption is NOT a viable option if you DO NOT WANT TO BE PREGNANT. My body, my choice. My biological mother’s body, HER choice.

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Dilly Millandry 1 month ago

I hope you are in a much happier situation now.

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Hayley Mayes 1 month ago

So long as there are those willing to fight, you'll never be alone

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Lisa Reuss 4 weeks ago

A tubal or ectopic pregnancy is life-threatening, not viable, and requires termination. That is not an abortion, that's a life-saving procedure. These yahoos passing laws do not understand that. The idiot senator in Ohio thinks an ectopic pregnancy can be removed and replanted into the uterus. FFS. That kind of medical procedure would change the world. It's not possible.

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Birma Gustafsson 4 weeks ago

That's great! No woman should ever feel ashamed or bad for taking the choice that was right for THEM.

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Alissa Merstrand 1 month ago

To the person saying she shouldve given it up for adoption. If she cant pay for herself, how inthe FUCK is this girl gonna pay hospital expenses at birth? Idiots the whole bunch

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James Swinburne 1 month ago

19 is so young - having a child with an abusive partner links you to them for life. I hope you were able to leave him behind.

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Grace Barclay 1 month ago

Thank you for helping her. Not all hero's wear capes....

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

Children growing up in poverty are more or less set up for a life in misery. You mede the the right decision.

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Andrea Arnold 1 month ago

I’m so sorry, that must have been so incredibly difficult. That brought tears to my eyes. Sending love.

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Jessica Bertram 1 month ago

same. at 17. first time having sex. miscarried, but would have aborted. hang in there. #youknowme too.

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Lucinda Overhoussen 1 month ago

Imagine having to carry that child to term. What can be worse than rape? Having to carry product of that attack.

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 weeks ago

Your comment is the clearest, truest, and most honest one that I have seen so far. Good for you and Pay Attention People!!! This woman is going places!

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AloofFox 1 month ago

Oh god cancer as well?? So sorry for you. But also, you are amazing.

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Jennifer Roberts 1 month ago

You are not alone...we are everywhere ready to show you how special you are! <3 stay strong sister!

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Valerie Butler 1 month ago

#youknowme i was 18 got pregnant by an abusive man. Suspected the pregnancy. Punched myself in the lower gut till i bled profusely. Realised i caused my own miscarriage. Not even sorry.

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Bluebell Rizzi 4 weeks ago

God, Lucille, would you just SHUT THE FUCK UP!

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Uwe Theiss 1 month ago

You could have said nothing Antenor.

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Juririn 1 month ago

Cannot agree more

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Grace Barclay 1 month ago

And that's it in a nutshell! You have the right to grow yourself and know yourself before you choose to have a child. Bravo!

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Rachael Marrast 4 weeks ago

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So.....you didnt have an abortion? Not sure I'm understanding this post.

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Carrie de Luka 1 month ago

You have had some tough times.

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Chelsea De Martini 1 month ago

The fact that these women are strong enough to share their stories. Is a great thing and they shouldn't have to deal with some asshole on the Internet. So, please be respectful.

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AloofFox 1 month ago (edited)

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I read this as you had an abortion at 3..... still a horrible decision to make.

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Mo Poppins 4 weeks ago

Amazing how that baby already looks so intelligent. He has smart eyes.

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Noez 🇸🇪 4 weeks ago

Well said!

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Lauren Marble-Holly 1 month ago

Correct me if I'm wrong but the phrase 'compromising his SOBRIETY' suggests to me that he wanted to be sober & kick the habit & that dealing with both that & a newborn would have been too much for them both, plus she was on the pill which suggests they weren't intending to get pregnant at that time. I would also suggest that the fact she married him would lean towards being proof that he beat the alcoholism in order to have a healthy, stable relationship with her.

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queen...<3 1 month ago

@hashwadoobies, that's not the point. That doesn't work all the time, and that's their decision

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Valerie Lessard 4 weeks ago

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don't have sex with someone overseas then.

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Rinpai 4 weeks ago

Coz things like rape still happen to those who are abstinent.

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Lucille McGillicuddy 1 month ago

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Okay, again, adoption.

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Monika Soffronow 1 month ago

The university doctor refused to give you the morning after pill? What business does that person have being a university doctor?