Tuesday after the Alabama Senate voted to send a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state, experienced the actress Busy Philipps had to take action. "Women deserve compassion and understanding in their personal health choices," said Philipps, 39, on Wednesday. "This is something that many people experience and go through in their lives, and it is a health care decision that many health care decisions."
Just a week earlier, she had opened her own abortion at the age of 15 her late night show, "Busy Tonight," in a foundation for protecting women's reproductive rights. Ms. Philipps, who is known for his roles on the television series "Dawson & # 39; s Creek" and "Freaks and Geeks," wrote about the abortion in her memoir: "This Will Only Hurt a Little."
Now, thousands of women have shared abortion stories online, many using hashtag #YouKnowMe . In a phone call, Philipps discussed her motivation to speak out, the answer to her story, and what comes next.
What made you talk about abortion on your show?
Part of what I think was so successful in getting people motivated and men on board with the # MeToo movement belonged to women about their personal stories. Abortion has historically been a very taboo subject that women find it difficult to talk about publicly, as it is such a personal decision.
Anti-abortion people in this country are so red and for all these reasons think women have been silent. And I felt like, yes, it's actually worth sharing.
We must be as high as they are, but with the truth. That's the only thing we have. For me it is that people stand up and say: "I am the one in four." It doesn't matter why, when or how old you were.
"You know me, you like me and I went through this." I think there's something super that gives you the opportunity to shift the story and get a lot of people to say "I've also gone through this thing ".
Before I talked to my own show, I had read a story about an 11-year-old rape victim in Ohio that was forced to have a pregnancy. I have a daughter who is the same age. I became physically ill and thought about that horror for that child. For those men who are responsible for determining that the collection of cells has more value than that the child defies all logic.
How did the comment you made on your show to your tweet on Tuesday requiring women to share their stories with hashtag #YouKnowMe?
I don't understand hashtags so much. I never have a hashtag.
Tina Fey, who doesn't have her own social media, and who is my executive producer, handed out to me. She said, "I think you turn on something, which is" you know me. "It makes it very personal. I think you should think about starting that hashtag."
It was the day after I had done the show. I felt overwhelmed already by the answers to my show. I had to think about it.
Since last night I went to dinner with my girlfriends, and we were on our phones that read about the Alabama law. I told them about hashtag and they said, "Just do it right now. This is the right time to do it."
How do you know about some of the negative reactions people have had on the points of view you did your show and hashtag?
I had a bit of the trolls beat me and many were like "How could you be proud of what you have done?" I never said I was proud of it. It is one thing I experienced as a woman that many women in the country and around the world have experienced. I refuse to live in shame, and I refuse to stick to anything that I am not sorry for.
I don't know a woman who has abortion that has been: "I can't wait, I" I'm so excited about this. "
I can't control anyone else feeling this way with this. I think they are wrong and to be honest with you, it really has no effect on me at all. Not even for a second. on Instagram, if it is something you think, and you think a woman should not decide with her doctor and herself what is right for her own body, you can continue and follow me in. I do not need you.
How can men be allies?
Men can be higher. I think they can be involved and stand the shoulders against women, oppose these bills.
My husband and I talked about it before I talked about it on my show. We talked about the possible consequences. He and I decided that something negative about me that could come my way would be absolutely wonderful in comparison with the possible good that it could do for other people .
What are your prospects for reproductive rights?
I want everyone, including myself, to be hopeful that women will be able to have real equality in our society. I am hopeful of that, for our daughters. I hope we will not slip back and that what we see right now is the last dying grip on old white men trying to hold the patriarch and hold on to their power in any way they can. I hope this is a real turning point, and here it will be better. It can get worse before it gets better, but it's pretty bad right now. And I speak from a place with so much privilege.
This interview has been edited and condensed.