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Jemima Kirke Opens Up About Having an Abortion in New PSA (Video)

Jemima Kirke Opens Up About Having an Abortion in New PSA (Video)

Jemima Kirke is opening up about an abortion she had in the past in this new PSA for the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The 29-year-old Girls actress details the story when she got an abortion back in 2007 as a college student.

“I realized that if I didn’t take the anesthesia, I would be able to afford to do this,” Jemima says in the video. “It’s these obstacles and it’s this stigma that makes these things not completely unavailable — and that’s the tricky part. … We think we do have free choice and we are able to do whatever we want, but then there are these little hoops we have to jump through to get them.”

“I’ve always felt that reproductive issues should be something that women, especially, should be able to talk about freely. … I still see shame and embarrassment around terminating pregnancies, getting pregnant — I still see it. So, I have always been open about my stories. I’ve always shared them, especially with other women,” Jemima added. Watch the video below…

Jemima Kirke Opens Up About Having an Abortion in New PSA

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  • Penny Dreadful

    Oh honey, it’s too bad society won’t condone your actions so that you and other women can feel 1,000% good about your choice. The fact is — like it or not — there is NEVER not going to be shame and embarrassment around abortion. Because abortion is taking the life of a human in its earliest developmental stages. Science has confirmed this over and over and over.

  • jcar12000

    If only Jemima had closed her legs or used birth control to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Too bad that child never had a chance at life due to it’s mother’s irresponsibility.

  • elisilla

    The reason she gave is not good enough. I’m pregnant, I’m not with my boyfriend anymore but I’m still having my baby because we may not be a couple, but we are going to become parents and I love my baby.

  • Anya

    It’s her choice and she shouldn’t have to answer to anyone for it. You wouldn’t do it? Fine, that’s your choice. Her choice was to not have the baby and her reasons are her own and as long as she doesn’t have any regrets that’s all that matters. Way too many people are having babies that they don’t want, they can’t take care of and so on. I don’t know if I could have abortion if in such situation, but right now – as non pregnant. If I was about to have a child that wasn’t planned, that I wouldn’t want, I’d rather have an abortion, then put the baby up for adoption and hope that some other people will love it. That would be soo much worse for me to do. Good for her for speaking up about it and trying to support girls who would wish to terminate, but are just to afraid of.

    People are way to judgy when it comes to decisions that they do not agree with, but hey that’s america. You are free to say whatever you want, but then you often have to face the harsh judgement of people around you.

  • tlb1974

    if you are willing to kill a child because it is inconvenient for you please please be responsible and use birth control. The child did not ask to be conceived so why is the child the one punished.

  • Anya

    You can protect yourself and still get pregnant. And yes, it is irresponsible to not protect yourself and then just fix it by getting rid of the baby.

    I know that this topic is complicated and I remember when I was living in US for a while having such conversation with a friend of mine who was Catholic. (I’m very much atheist) and whatever arguments we said, we were just unable to agree on this. And it’s not ok trying to convince someone of your truth. But that’s one of those things that I love about being an atheist, I’m not bound by any religious to tell me how I should or shouldn’t behave and what actions are going to be deemed as super bad. I am my own person and I can decide to the best of my conscience.

    I know it’s not just religious people who are so strongly pro life. But the deal with atheist is, do whatever the heck you think is right by you and your believes (of course within laws) and it’s not my place to judge you and trying to make you feel guilty if I don’t agree.

    And maybe it’s because I’m not a mother, though very devoted aunt, I cannot see any other point. I hasn’t experienced the moment of a baby growing inside of me. But I just see a difference aborting a baby that’s barely few weeks inside you compared to baby that’s very much alive and kicking inside you and not even talking about baby being born.

    And the comment about closing her legs from

    , why should it be wrong to have a sex and using the wording closing her legs trying to shame her. I don’t know if she ever spoke more in detail about the circumstances of the conception, so I cannot judge her, whether she was trying to protect herself or was just stupid girl who didn’t think of consequences when having sex.

    I also don’t see having an abortion as killing. I would never raise a hand against a child and as horrible as that word foetus is, it’s not a child not at the point of the abortion.

  • k.

    It takes two to tango, sweety; she didn’t do it alone. Also, there is no contraceptive out there that is 100% secure. Who knows, maybe she was raped? She wasn’t ready to have a baby and couldn’t give it what it would need. And that early on, it’s not a baby or human or person or whatever, it’s just an embryo

  • jcar12000

    You were once “just an embryo”. Luckily your mom didn’t kill you!

  • k.

    If I got to choose between being an unwanted, unexpected baby raised by a mother uncapable of taking care of me, and being wanted,expected and planned raised by someone ready to put their own needs aside, I would go with the latter everytime.

    One last thing: I am not pro-abortion. That’s the beauty of being pro-choice. I don’t know if I would have an abortion personally, but I recognize and accept the fact that I cannot make that decision on someone else’s behalf. My body is not your body. And it isn’t state property either.