After Georgia and Alabama passed bills effectively banning abortion, the 43-year-old actress said she decided to get political, something that, she wrote, she prefers not to do. Georgia's bill, which was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, bans abortion after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo and leaves open the possibility of prosecuting women who have one. Alabama's bill, which has yet to be signed by Gov. Kay Ivey, bans abortion altogether -- save cases of a "serious health risk" to the mother -- and punishes doctors who perform the procedure with up to 99 years in prison.
"Our rights as women to obtain safe abortions by experienced doctors are again at stake," she wrote alongside a contemplative selfie. "Last Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a draconian bill into law that outlaws all abortions after six weeks -- before most women even realize they’re pregnant -- including in cases of RAPE OR INCEST. This makes Georgia the sixth state to pass such a restrictive six-week abortion ban, joining Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota. These laws haven’t been passed yet, but lawmakers in these states are trying."
Jovovich went on to detail the emotional outcome of having an abortion for many women, while describing her own experience with the procedure.
"Abortion is hard enough for women on an emotional level without having to go through it in potentially unsafe and unsanitary conditions," she 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 pre-term 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."
The Hellboy star, who has two children -- Ever, 11, and Dashiel, 4 -- with her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, wrote that she still has "nightmares" about her experience and described being "alone and helpless" during her procedure.
Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson
Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 25: English director Paul William Scott Anderson and his wife American actress Milla Jovovich arrive at red carpet of Golden Goblet Awards and Closing Ceremony of 20th Shanghai International Film Festival at Shanghai Grand Theatre on June 25, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Actress Milla Jovovich and husband director Paul W.S. Anderson arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures Releasing's 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' at Regal LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center on January 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Milla Jovovich and film director Paul W. S. Anderson are seen arriving to the amfAR New York Gala 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street on February 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich attend the "Paradise Hills" celebration at Stella's Film Lounge during The 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Stella's Film Lounge on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Stella Artois )
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Paul W. S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich attend Montblanc Celebrates "Le Petit Prince" at the One World Trade Center Observatory on April 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 01: (R-L) Paul W.S. Anderson, actress Milla Jovovitch and Dashiel Edan Anderson arrive at Charles-de-Gaulle airport on July 1, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 25: Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich and her husband English director Paul William Scott Anderson attend the Press Conference for Actors on the Red Carpet for Golden Goblet Awards during the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) on June 25, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: American actress Milla Jovovich and her husband, English film director Paul W. S. Anderson attend at a special screening of their Resident Evil: The Final Chapter film at Moscow's Formula Kino na Kutuzovskom cinema on February 14, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: (RUSSIA OUT) U.S. actress and cast member Milla Jovovich (L) and British Film Director Paul W.S. Anderson (R) pose for a photo during the presentation of the "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" movie on February 14, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson (L) and his wife actress Milla Jovovich pose at the after party for the premiere of Sony Pictures Releasing's "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" at Clifton's Cafeteria on January 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Actress Milla Jovovich, husband director Paul W.S. Anderson and daughter Ever Anderson arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures Releasing's 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' at Regal LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center on January 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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"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," she wrote. "I spiraled into one of the worst depressions of my life and had to work extremely hard to find my way out. I took time off of my career. I isolated myself for months and had to keep a strong face for my two amazing kids. I started gardening, eating healthier and going to the gym everyday because I didn’t want to jump into taking anti depressants unless I had tried every other alternative."
"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," she continued. "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."
Jovovich isn't the only celebrity to speak out about her abortion following the controversial bills. Both Jameela Jamil and Busy Philipps opened up about their abortions as a way to protest the new legislation.
Jamil revealed she had an abortion when she was young and said it was "the best decision I ever made," calling Georgia's law "upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of hatred of women."
Meanwhile, Philipps once again spoke about the abortion she had at age 15, something she initially revealed in her book, This Will Only Hurt a Little. On her show, Busy Tonight, Philipps said she's "genuinely scared for women and girls all over this country" following the legislation.
Busy Philipps through her career
Busy Philipps through her career
Busy Philipps during 'Man on the Moon' - Hollywood Premiere at Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
FREAKS AND GEEKS -- 1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly, James Franco as Daniel Desario (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Busy Philipps and Colin Hanks (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
FREAKS AND GEEKS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FREAKS AND GEEKS -- 1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir, Busy Philipps as Kim Kelly (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Colin Hanks and Busy Philipps (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during The Smokers Premiere at The Green Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during 'K-19: The Widowmaker' Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Busy Philipps (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during The World Premiere of 'Bruce Almighty' at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during 'White Chicks' Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Busy Philipps during Conde Nast Traveler Hot Nights Los Angeles - Red Carpet at Spider Club in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 30: Actress Busy Philipps poses at the Dogswell Dog Treats Presents: The Fourth Annual Much Love Animal Rescue Bow Wow Ween on October 30, 2005 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Much Love is a non-profit, no kill charity that finds homes for dogs and cats about to be terminated at Los Angeles area animal shelters. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Busy Philipps (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
ER -- 'Breach of Trust' Episode 12 -- Air Date 11/08/2006 -- Pictured: Busy Philipps as Hope Bobeck (Photo by Greg Gayne/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LIGWANGWA, MALAWI - OCTOBER 3: Actress Busy Philipps meets the oldest lady in the Ligwangwa village October 3, 2007 in Ligwangwa, Malawi. In an effort to spread hope, education, love and protection to the children, the HELP Malawi Foundation has partnered with Wilderness Safaris to build schools in rural areas that surround Malawai's National Parks. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for HELP Malawai Foundation)
Busy Philipps during 'Blades Of Glory' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Busy Philipps arrives at A Pea in the Pod Fashion Show and Book Party for the Hot Moms Club on April 2, 2008 at Pea in the Pod in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Busy Philipps attends the launch of Propr's Darfur Shirt at Propr Store on December 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Busy Philipps arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 -- Photo by: Vince Bucci/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
COUGAR TOWN - 'Baby's a Rock 'N' Roller' - Jules and Ellie differ on whether it's more difficult to raise a baby in your 40s than in your 20s, on ABC's 'Cougar Town,' WEDNESDAY, XXXXX (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Ellie tricks Jules into watching Baby Stan on her own for a day, but Jules is determined to prove how easy it s... especially when she's roped in Grayson to help. Meanwhile, Bobby's given the chance to play golf for free in order to train for his upcoming tournament, as long as he tees off before 6:00 a.m., and Andy volunteers to be Laurie's wingman as she puts herself back out there after her split with Smith. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)BUSY PHILIPPS
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actress Busy Philipps attends the Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet holiday party for Baby Buggy at The London on December 12, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Busy Philipps onstage at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announcement at Pacific Design Center on December 12, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Busy Philipps visits SiriusXM Studios on December 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Busy Philipps attends Baby2Baby Holiday Party Presented By The Honest Company at Baby2Baby Headquarters on December 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Busy Philipps attends the P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Busy Philipps attends the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 14, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Busy Philipps visits at SiriusXM Studio on December 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Busy Philipps atttends the Premiere Of STX Films' 'I Feel Pretty' at Westwood Village Theatre on April 17, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Actress Busy Philipps sips Three Olives Rosï¿½Vodka at The Standard East Village in NYC on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Three Olives)