Uma Thurman writes powerful letter about her 'darkest secret' to condemn Texas abortion law
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An article in The Hollywood Reporter just released Uma Thurman sharing her "darkest secret:" the Hollywood actress had an abortion in her late teens. THR quoted her reason for the reveal was hopefully to "some light would shine through, reaching women and girls who might feel a shame that they can't protect themselves from and have no agency over."

May her darkest secret indeed shed some much needed light.


The new Texas law, gives any private citizen the right to sue an abortion provider, as well as anyone else who helps a woman obtain an abortion. Imagine being an innocent Uber driver. Or worse, a rape victim, being subjected to this law.

In her Washington Post op-ed, Thurman shares her own opinion about the ban, writing that it's successful implementation is "due in no small part to its lack of ideological diversity, [and] is staging ground for a human rights crisis for American women."

She doesn't stop there.

"This law is yet another discriminatory tool against those who are economically disadvantaged, and often, indeed, against their partners...Women and children of wealthy families retain all the choices in the world, and face little risk. I am grief-stricken, as well, that the law pits citizen against citizen, creating new vigilantes who will prey on these disadvantaged women, denying them the choice not to have children they are not equipped to care for, or extinguishing their hopes for the future family they might choose."

Thurman, 51, is the mother of three children. A choice she made after she was able to provide a stable home. When she was ready. When she chose.

Thurman offers a poignant conclusion in the THR article: "To all of you- to women and girls of Texas, afraid of being traumatized and hounded by predatory bounty hunters; to all women outraged by having our bodies' rights taken away by the state; and to all of you who are made vulnerable and subjected to shame because you have a uterus- I say: I see you. Have courage. You are beautiful. You remind me of my daughters."

Uma Thurman is not the only one with this "secret." In the coming weeks, there will be other celebrities, other female CEOs, other liberals, other conservatives, other former (even current) pro-lifers, who will share this same story. And maybe, as we have witnessed with the #MeToo movement, the collective power of women standing together will swing the pendulum back in favor of those Uma is championing.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

This article originally appeared on 04.13.18


Teens have a knack for coming up with clever ways to rage against the system.

When I was in high school, the most notorious urban legend whispered about in hallways and at parties went like this: A teacher told his class that they were allowed to put "anything" on a notecard to assist them during a science test. Supposedly, one of his students arrived on test day with a grown adult at his side — a college chemistry major, who proceeded to stand on the notecard and give him answers. The teacher was apparently so impressed by the student's cunning that he gave him a high score, then canceled class for the rest of the week because he was in such a good mood.

Of course, I didn't know anyone who'd ever actually try such a thing. Why ruin a good story with reality — that pulling this kind of trick would probably earn you detention?

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