Story at a glance:
- Uma Thurman had an abortion as a teenager.
- She hopes her personal experience could draw the “flames of controversy away from the vulnerable women on whom this law will have an immediate effect.”
- Guttmacher Institute stated 7 out of 10 Texan abortions were provided to women of color in 2019.
Uma Thurman opined on The Washington Post about the abortion she had as a teenager.
Thurman, 51, in a 2018 interview with The New York Times, revealed that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in 1994 at the Savoy Hotel and that she had been sexually assaulted at age 16 by an actor 20 years her senior.
In her op-ed, Thurman said she hopes her personal experience could draw the “flames of controversy away from the vulnerable women on whom this law will have an immediate effect.”
As The Hill previously reported, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a new abortion law called Senate Bill 4, which bans the use of abortion-inducing drugs in the state seven weeks into a pregnancy, which is when embryonic cardiac activity is first detected.
Of course, some women might not know they are pregnant within those six to seven weeks, and pregnancies as a result of rape or incest are not allowed exceptions. Mothers with health complications barely qualify.
This is in addition to the state legislature in May creating obstacles – “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban — for about 70 percent of those seeking an abortion, especially impacting teenagers, low-income people, and people of color, including undocumented immigrants, The Guardian reported.
The Guardian cited the Guttmacher Institute that stated seven out of 10 Texan abortions were provided to women of color in 2019.
“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,” Thurman wrote. “Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be.”
As a mother of three children, Thurman said she wants her opinion piece to put “some light will shine through, reaching women and girls who might feel a shame that they can’t protect themselves from and have no agency over.”
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