#YouKnowMe: Minka Kelly, Sharon Osbourne, Whoopi Goldberg and more stars who spoke up about abortions
As more and more women voice their personal abortion stories, a number of famous faces are joining in the chorus.
The #YouKnowMe campaign emerged earlier this month when "Busy Tonight" host Busy Philipps spoke candidly about restrictive reproductive rights laws going to vote in multiple states. Citing a statistic that one in four women will have an abortion before age 25, "maybe you're sitting there thinking, 'I don't know a woman who would have an abortion," Philipps said. "Well, you know me."
One of the stars embracing the hashtag is "Friday Night Lights" star Minka Kelly, who revealed Thursday that she had an abortion years ago. "For a baby to’ve been born to two people — too young and completely ill equipped — with no means or help from family, would have resulted in a child born into an unnecessary world of struggle," she wrote. "Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into."
After disclosing her own abortion, "The Good Place" actress Jameela Jamil said of the bill passed in Alabama, "So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel." (Indeed, there are 443,000 un-adopted American children in foster care on any given day.)
Other stars spoke up about their abortion experiences well before the May 2019 headlines. In 2014, rapper Nicki Minaj called hers "the hardest thing I'd ever gone through," adding that it "haunted me all my life ... I wasn't ready. I didn't have anything to offer a child"; Whoopi Goldberg has previously shared that she performed her own abortion with a coat hanger at age fourteen.
In sharing their stories, not all celebrities have voiced uninhibited support of abortion. Sharon Osbourne said in 2004 she would "never recommend" having one and suspects the procedure was related to severe difficulties carrying children years later.
On May 15, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the nation's strictest abortion bill, which makes it a felony for doctors to perform the procedure. She said she hopes it ultimately prompts the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.