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Busy Philipps starts 'You Know Me' hashtag for women to share abortion stories — and it quickly goes viral

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Busy Philipps shared her truth about having an abortion — and she’s encouraging others to do the same.

After the Alabama Senate passed a near-total abortion ban on Tuesday — with no exemptions for even rape or incest victims — there was widespread fury and outrage across the internet. The Busy Tonight host used her voice to get women to “end the shame” in having the medical procedure — which, as a reminder, is still legal in all states — and to “share your truth” about it. She used the hashtag “You Know Me” and it’s gone viral.

The tweet has had 2,100 retweets in half a day as well as more than 11,000 likes. Of course, it’s really about the comments. They’re brave, emotional and raw. “Prayed on my knees the morning of,” wrote one. “Cried and cried and cried. No regrets.“ Posted another, “Thank heavens for Roe v. Wade.” And there was, “The father was more than happy to pay for it too.”

Some posts were from celebrities, including The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, who opened up about her abortion for the first time this week, as well as Ashley Judd, Minka Kelly, Rosanna Arquette, Scream Queens actress Keke Palmer and director/actress Miranda July.

And the stories just keep coming. Philipps wrote about her abortion — at age 15 — in her memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, last year. She wrote that her boyfriend’s mother at the time accused her of "murder[ing] a baby." However, her own mother “is who you want in your corner,” and she "just supported and loved me,” Philipps wrote.

Last week, as Georgia passed its own anti-abortion law, Philipps said on her E! show, which is ending, "I can not sit idly by while women’s rights are stripped away."

She said, "The statistic is one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, 'I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.' Well, you know me."

She continued: "I had an abortion when I was 15 years old and I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country."

As the future of Roe vs. Wade is in question, other stars are speaking out as well — including Jamil, who called her decision the best one she ever made. Milla Jovovich also shared her story yesterday about a “horrific” emergency abortion experience.

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