The actor and author who recently testified before Congress on why she got an abortion discusses the power in being vocal about uncomfortable experiences
Busy Philipps big dreams for the stage never included testifying before Congress about why she got an abortion at age 15. But with more and more US states passing extreme anti-abortion measures, she saw it as a responsibility.
There is power to being vocal about your experiences as a person because whether we like it or not, people lack empathy, they lack the ability to understand someone elses situation until theyre really faced with it until its really shown to them, she tells me over the phone, cutting out to field texts from her husband and make arrangements for her daughters hair appointment. Theres a great deal of value in sharing all of our stories and experiences in order to elicit change.
Historically speaking, she has a point.
From the socialist-feminist demonstrators who spoke up about ending their pregnancies in 1969 to the 343 French influencers led by Simone de Beauvoir who signed a 1971 manifesto testifying to their abortions, all have helped pave the way to legal abortion.
The former Glamour magazine editor Cindi Leive wrote last year about coming of age at a time when abortion stories were part of the public sphere in the 1980s and 1990s, only to see them all but disappear in the mid-aughts. As the years passed, so did that urgency; my generation began to feel more secure and perhaps less inclined to air our private business, she wrote in the New York Times.
But as women stopped talking about it publicly, the anti-abortion movement gathered steam.
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