Last week one of the most restrictive bans on abortion in the nation was signed into law in Georgia, as reported by the New York Times.
Essentially, the law bans terminating pregnancy after six weeks instead of the previous 20 weeks. According to Slate, the law not only bans abortion but criminalizes them. The penalty could be life in prison or the death penalty.
The bill is called the "heartbeat law" because six weeks is around the time when a heartbeat is detectable in a fetus. Unfortunately, this milestone often occurs before most women realize they might be pregnant.
People who support the right to choose, including celebrities and politicians, are speaking out against the law and challenging it through protests and even controversial sex strikes. Celebrities such as Busy Phillips and Jameela Jamil recently came forward about their experiences with abortion in response to the Georgian law to raise awareness for the issue.
Other women with high profile platforms have also spoken about their abortion experiences. For some it was in hopes to raise awareness about reproductive rights.
The Girls actress and activist shared her story with the Center For Reproductive Rights. She expressed her desire for communication and awareness to open up about reproductive rights among women especially.
"In 2007 I became pregnant with my boyfriend at the time. I wasn't sure that I wanted to be attached to this person for the rest of my life. My life just was not conducive to raising a healthy happy child. I just didn't feel it was fair. So I decided to get an abortion."