From toxic act of desperation to pregnancy after rape: famous women advocate abortion and share their personal stories | showbiz

Celebrities“Abortion is a basic right”, reads one of the many protest banners in the United States. The country seems to step into a time machine if the abortion law is rolled back. The 50 American States are now deciding individually whether women are allowed to terminate a pregnancy. Celebrities also express their displeasure en masse and eagerly use their exemplary role. For example, it is the right moment for Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga to tell their abortion story. “I thought I was going to die.”

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Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the historic ‘Roe versus Wade’ ruling from 1973. The law allows women to have abortions until a fetus is viable, which is approximately 24 weeks. That freedom no longer exists. US states decide individually whether abortion is allowed. Several female stars are now arguing in favor of abortion because they once experienced it themselves. We list their personal stories.

Phoebe Bridgers

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“When I was on tour in October last year, I had an abortion. I went to a clinic where they gave me an abortion pill. It was easy. Everyone deserves such access to abortion,” Phoebe Bridgers (27) shared on Twitter. The singer also calls on you to donate money to organizations that support women in need. She told Billboard: “It’s nice to make short work of something you don’t want.” Bridgers did not experience the event as something emotional, but rather as a relief. “I didn’t look at it like a baby.”

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga (39) was barely nineteen when she had to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. The singer was raped by a producer after he blackmailed her. “I’ll burn your music if you don’t take your clothes off,” the man threatened. The traumatic experience left Gaga pregnant. Especially in such situations she is very grateful to have a choice herself. When the abortion law in Alabama was questioned in 2019, the singer reacted strongly: “It is a shame to ban abortion. It is all the more horrific to exclude those who have been raped or had to endure incest. I pray for all the women and young girls who suffer under this system.”

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

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American rapper Nicki Minaj (39) chose an abortion as a 16-year-old student. When she found out she was pregnant with a much older man, she said she ended up in a nightmare. “I was a teenager, I thought I was going to die. It was the hardest thing I ever had to go through. It’s haunted me my whole life,” Minaj told Rolling Stone. “I was not ready and had nothing to offer the child.” In her song ‘Autobiography’ Nicki rapped about the event. “Please, honey, forgive me, Mama was young. Mom was too busy trying to have fun.”

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Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

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“I am disgusted by my country and its continued weakness to protect each other’s rights and to keep their word. How can you nullify the wrong things? There are so many things you can change where it would make sense. But this is what you choose?” tweeted an outraged Keke Palmer (28) Friday. The actress took the decision a few years ago to end her early pregnancy. “I was concerned about the responsibilities surrounding my career and worried that I would not be able to function as a career woman and as a mother,” she tweeted.


Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon

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Every abortion has its own story. For example, Laura Prepon (42) did not want an abortion in 2018, but it was forced to be the best choice. “The specialist told us that the brain and bones were not growing. Doctors said the pregnancy would not survive the full term and that I was at risk myself,” the actress told People. To break the taboo surrounding abortion, the ‘That ’70s Show’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ star spoke in her book ‘You & I As Mothers’ about her personal experience and the insecurities that come with it. “But if there hadn’t been an abortion, I wouldn’t be here either.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg (66) first came out in 2001 with her abortion experience. In the book ‘The Choices We Made’, the actress is one of 25 women who openly talk about their abortion. Goldberg became pregnant at the age of fourteen and did not know what to do with the situation. In desperation, she tried to remove the fruit on her own. For example, she swallowed a poisonous mix of whiskey with a little bleach, alcohol, baking soda and inserted a coat hanger into herself. “I was more afraid to explain it to someone than to work with a coat hanger,” Whoopi recalls. Ever since it was whispered that the ‘Roe versus Wade’ judgment is under pressure, the actress has been making herself heard. In a speech she argues for abortion: “When women decide that something is not right for them, they take matters into their own hands. We were tired of seeing women having abortions in their own bathrooms because there was no safe place to go.”

Depression and a lot of incomprehension prevailed when that tough decision was made on Friday.

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