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Actor Uma Thurman has written an essay about an abortion that she experienced as a teenager, calling it her “darkest secret until now”.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the Kill Bill star spoke up against the recent abortion law in Texas, calling it a “discriminatory tool against those who are economically disadvantaged”, adding that it’s “a staging ground for a human rights crisis for American women.”
However, it was Thurman’s choice to share her own story that has seen her applauded by women around the world. Doing so, Thurman opened up about her experience “in the hope of drawing the flames of controversy away from the vulnerable women on whom this law will have an immediate effect.”
Additionally, the law will also mean that others can bring a civil lawsuit against those who provide abortions or anyone who helps someone to get an abortion, and unfortunately, the Supreme Court has chosen not to act on a request to block the law.