Women Share Their Abortion Stories

These 6 women are sharing their abortion stories after they participated in the #YouKnowMe movement.

Women sharing their abortion stories

In 2019, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia have passed “heartbeat” bills, banning abortion as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy. Six women shared their abortion stories as part of the #YouKnowMe movement, which highlights how common it is for women to receive abortion care. Thousands of tweets have been shared since #YouKnowMe was launched. In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will have an abortion before age 45.

Actress and TV host Busy Philipps started the activism #YouKnowMe hashtag to fight for rights through feminism after Alabama lawmakers voted to ban abortions in the state. Thousands of women have joined her. The stories are heartbreaking, raw, defiant, sad, unapologetic, and everywhere. Some women are sharing horrifying accounts of abuse, others triumphant stories of love and support, and some point out that, actually, they don’t owe anyone an explanation of their choice at all.

Celebrities like Jameela Jamil, Amber Tamblyn, Minka Kelly, and Tess Holiday are sharing their own abortion experiences. Others celebrities, like Ellen Degeneres, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rihanna, Ava Duvernay, and Patricia Arquette, have tweeted their support for the women of Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama. Altogether, it’s an example of hashtag activism at its most during this immediate social phenomenon.

Just like #MeToo, #YouKnowMe pairs statistics with the experiences of real people, fighting stigma by force of mass testimony. The frankness informs the ignorant or unknowing, and the ubiquity challenges mainstream assumptions about who is getting abortions and why. In rallying around a hashtag, the women become both qualitative and quantitative display of the realities of women’s reproductive health care in America. They are obviously, undeniably present, and that in itself could propel cultural change, perhaps even legislative change in politics.


05/21/2019 1:01 AMupdated: 06/17/2019 3:07 PM
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  • သာသနာ့ရကၡိတမာမက လ.
    05/21/2019 01:03


  • Marcy B.
    05/21/2019 01:05

    I am so with the women who are facing hardest choices to make regarding their own bodies!

  • Paolo S.
    05/21/2019 01:08

    Unless it's rape, incest or the mother's life is in danger, Abortion is selfishness... If a person is financially, mentally and emotionally unstable and not ready he/she shouldn't be allowed to have any sexual relationships...

  • Meg M.
    05/21/2019 01:15


  • Elizabeth T.
    05/21/2019 01:18

    Abortion is not care. Abortion is murder. Humans are the only species that abort their own babies. It is a crime against nature.

  • Alden M.
    05/21/2019 01:30

    I am glad these Women had a choice, their Choice, not like the bunch of Chauvinistic sexist Roman catholic [email protected]#$%$ who control a majority of their lives in Central and south America and SE Asia. Even Women who miscarriage is considered a Crime. Compassion people.Our Souls carry on regardless.

  • Judith O.
    05/21/2019 01:36


  • Nancy M.
    05/21/2019 01:59

    Its just sad when women have to make that choice! I REFUSE to stand in judgment of those who are in situations that make it necessary! NO woman does it without pain!

  • Malik I.
    05/21/2019 02:19


  • Amjad C.
    05/21/2019 02:44


  • Ricardo P.
    05/21/2019 06:36

    Before baby born "abortion is murder" After baby born "fu** baby"

  • Elisa H.
    05/21/2019 12:33

    God sack forgive leave theses women lone

  • Brut
    05/21/2019 14:02

    Men across the country are signing extreme anti-abortion bills into law — and these women aren't taking it without a fight.

  • Vilmar T.
    05/21/2019 15:04

    Boa sorte parabéns.

  • Shelby H.
    05/21/2019 18:51

    You ladies are so brave to share your stories. Sending you love and peace.

  • Brandon D.
    05/21/2019 21:36

    or keep your legs close lmao XD

  • Brandon D.
    05/21/2019 21:40

    is it right, fuck if i know im not the one with something growin in me, but you all ALSO aren't getting that keeping your legs closed is ALSO another way to keep it from happening, GRANTED thats not the case for all, but there ARE a shit ton of hoes out there, and as for banning it, thats NO ONES right! no one has any say over another human being! it may not be something i agree with but im damn well not gonna sit here and say it's right to ban something that has to do with another human being body! so you fucks banning it! need to have some shit checked in your heads or you ass beat make you pick

  • Inno I.
    05/21/2019 22:08

    who gives a shit the you enjoy the sex.

  • Karolyne M.
    05/22/2019 09:58

    Thank you ladies!! 👏👏👏👏

  • Nevin S.
    05/22/2019 12:18

    murderous drivel