Uma Thurman has spoken out to condemn the Texas abortion law and reveals that she had an abortion as a teenager.
The actress penned an opinion essay for The Washington Post to share her disagreement with the passing of the Texas antiabortion law.
She writes that she followed the course of the legislation “with great sadness, and something akin to horror.”
The Texas law bans abortions when foetal cardiac activity is detected – long before many women are even aware that they’re pregnant. It also allows no exceptions in cases of incest or rape. It can be viewed as one of the most severe abortion laws in the US.
Uma goes on to reflect on her own experiences with abortion when she was working in Europe as a teenager at the start of her acting career.
“I was accidentally impregnated by a much older man,” she writes, “I was living out of a suitcase in Europe, far from my family, and about to start a job. I struggled to figure out what to do. I wanted to keep the baby, but how?”
Thurman then explain how she sought advice and help from her family, despite never having discussed sex before. “We decided as a family that I couldn’t go through with the pregnancy, and agreed that termination was the right choice. My heart was broken nonetheless.”
An older female friend offered some help, and she had the procedure at a hospital in Germany.
On the abortion, the actress said: “it hurt terribly, but I didn’t complain. I had internalised so much shame that I felt I deserved the pain.”
“The abortion I had as a teenager was the hardest decision of my life, one that caused me anguish then and that saddens me even now, but it was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced. Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be.”
Speaking of the abortion law, Uma calls it a “human rights crisis.”
“I am grief-stricken, as well, that the law pits citizen against citizen, creating new vigilantes who will prey on these disadvantaged women, denying them the choice not to have children they are not equipped to care for, or extinguishing their hopes for the future family they might choose.”
She concludes the essay addressing all women.
“I see you. Have courage. You are beautiful. You remind me of my daughters.”
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