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Uma Thurman writes powerful letter about her 'darkest secret' to condemn Texas abortion law

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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