In response to the news that the Senate in Alabama voted to ban all abortions, only offering exceptions in cases where it’s necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the mother, actress Busy Philipps started the hashtag, #YouKnowMe on Wednesday. The 39-year-old created it to open up about her abortion at 15, and to encourage other women to support one another by sharing their own:
That particular tweet garnered thousands of responses, while the hashtag itself went viral. Not only did many everyday women share their stories, including the decisions behind why they needed to go that route, so did a few well-known individuals in the entertainment industry.
“I was 24, in Europe, very far away from home,” she reportedly tweeted. “I was worried about my career responsibilities and afraid that I could not exist as both a career woman and mother.#YouKnowMe”
The star, now 25, decided to delete the tweet afterward though. In place of it, she talked about how Twitter can often be not the best place to share private, sensitive information. However, she still discussed her anger and sadness over the abortion ban being signed into law in the Southern state: