The war on women has been raging for centuries, with a concentration of misogynist legislation seeing the light of day under Trump. However, unfortunately, the last few weeks have added an extra heap of flaming hot legislative garbage. The states of Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, and now the Missouri Senate have passed laws banning abortion, some going so far as to criminalize mothers who have miscarriages.
These laws have fueled the fires of online debates about reproductive rights, abortion access, and the fact that abortion is in fact a normal medical procedure millions of women have had throughout history, and will continue to have, whether it's legal and safe or not (which is in itself a huge safety concern).
In response, the actress Busy Philipps kicked off the #YouKnowMe abortion hashtag. One of the biggest ways abortion is shamed and stigmatized is through the practice of othering, and the belief that women who have abortions are somehow these different, faraway people, and not friends and family.