In the past couple weeks laws banning abortion have been signed in Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, and now the Missouri Senate. While these draconian laws are all still technically on the table, (meaning - abortion is still legal in these states at the time of writing), the implications of them are very serious. Criminalizing women for abortion (and in some cases - miscarriages) is nothing short of an infringement on basic human rights, and the legislative threats have inspired women from across the country (and the world) to share their personal stories.
The now viral #YouKnowMe hashtag, started by actress Busy Philipps, serves as a space for women to open up about their abortions, in the process disproving the deeply dangerous stereotypes about who gets abortions, and why abortions happen.
Women should not, under any circumstances, feel pressured or like they have to justify their choices or retraumatize themselves for the sake of a political argument. However, when sharing serves as a moment of catharsis and solidarity, it can be a really beautiful sight to behold.
Here are just 20 of the stories on the #YouKnowMe hashtag, it's more than likely that you are friends, neighbors, or coworkers with women whose stories echo the ones below.