Jameela Jamil took to Twitter to reveal that she once had an abortion and that she doesn’t regret it as she criticised Georgia’s abortion ban.
“I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made,” Jamil wrote on Twitter. “Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel,” she said of the bill, which is due to take effect in January 2020 but will likely be challenged in court.
“This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist,” she wrote in the thread. Jamil also went on to make clear that she wasn’t criticizing foster care, but rather the burden the abortion ban would place on the overwhelmed foster care system. “Ps.. this isn’t any diss at ALL to foster homes. I’m in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all.”
Jameela’s tale comes as Georgia imposed the most extreme nationwide abortion ban, meaning that women who get the procedure could face life in prison and even be sentenced to death (!).
Under the new law, if a woman was to travel to another state for the procedure, she could be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and spent her life in prison.
Jamil also added that “the anti-abortion law is also especially targeted at those without the means/ability to move state[s]. Women who are marginalized, poor or disabled will, as ever, be the ones to suffer the most. The wealthy will have so much more freedom.”
Jameela isn’t the only star to slam the bill, with Busy Philips sharing: “I had an abortion when I was 15 years old. I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country.”
“Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on,” she tweeted.
Planned Parenthood has since pledged to take Georgia to task over the new abortion law.
“Planned Parenthood will be suing the State of Georgia. We will fight this terrible bill because this is about our patients’ lives,” Dr Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said.