Girls Actress Jemima Kirke Shares Her Abortion Story in New Video
By Caitlin Moscatello
In a new video released by the Center for Reproductive Rights as part of its Draw the Line campaign, Girls star Jemima Kirke talks about having an abortion back in 2007 when she was in college. The 29-year-old actress, who is now married with two children, is an advocate for women's rights and has worked with the Center for Reproductive Rights in the past. "I've always felt that reproductive issues should be something that women especially should be able to talk about freely, especially amongst each other," says Kirke in the video. "And I still see that today. I still see shame and embarrassment around terminating pregnancies, getting pregnant, I still see it." Watch Kirke's full story below:
"Instead of passing sham restrictions that only hurt women's health and chip away at access to critical health care, it is time to focus on stories like Jemima's and advocate for policies which truly support women and their families," said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in a released statement. "Whether they live in New York, Texas, or Mississippi, all women are entitled to make the best decisions for their lives, their health, and their futures." Through its campaign, the Center for Reproductive rights is encouraging personal storytelling in the pro-choice movement—creating a platform where public figures and women from around the country can talk openly about their experiences without shame and stigma. How you can take action: Hear other personal stories about reproductive health issues and learn more about Draw the Line by visiting drawtheline.org. You can also submit your own story via the website, as well as sign a petition telling politicians "My word is the last word on my reproductive health care."