Jemima Kirke’s Abortion Story Takes Us One Step Closer in the Fight for Reproductive Rights

You would know that here at SheRa Mag we love the TV show Girls and its creator and star, Lena Dunham. But now another Girls star has got us cheering.

Jemima Kirke, who plays badass, potty-mouthed Jessa, has told the world about getting an abortion in 2007, when she was in college, in a video for the Center for Reproductive Rights’ new campaign “Draw The Line.”

“I wasn’t sure I wanted to be with this person for the rest of my life,” says Kirke about her boyfriend at the time with whom she fell pregnant, an important message, to young girls especially, about feeling secure about who you are having / choosing to have a baby with. “My life was just not conducive to raising a happy, healthy child,” she continues. “I just didn’t feel it was fair.”

She goes on to highlight the financial burden an abortion can place on a person, especially a young person. Kirke had to “clear out her checking account and get some money from her boyfriend” to do the procedure and the considerable costs involved meant she had to do without anesthesia, which would have made the whole experience that much more difficult, both physically and mentally.

“It’s these obstacles and it’s this stigma that makes these things not completely unavailable—and that’s the tricky part, is that we think we do have free choice and we are able to do whatever we want, but then there are these little hoops we have to jump through to get them,” she goes on.

Kirke’s decision to tell her abortion story takes us one step closer in the fight for reproductive rights and in ending the shame and embarrassment that still exists about terminating a pregnancy. “I’ve always felt that reproductive issues should be something that women should be able to talk about freely, especially amongst each other,” Kirke points out, but somehow we are not yet at that stage, not in the US, not in Europe, not in Australia, and definitely not in many other parts of the world.

Kirke ends her story by contemplating her own daughters’ fates. “I would love it when they’re older, when they’re in their teens or 20s, that the political issues surrounding bodies were not there anymore…I would hate to see them fight for rights over their bodies [as well as their own personal battles with self-esteem].” A woman’s body, a woman’s pregnancy, a woman’s choice that she shares (or not) with the person she fell pregnant with. No embarrassment. No shame. No stigma. Oh yeah, and let’s make the procedure affordable or better still free, shall we? #ShareYourStory #StandUpForWomensHealth


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