For weeks, there has been a fierce debate in the United States over a new law passed in the state of Texas. Abortion is now completely banned there: women are not allowed to terminate a pregnancy after the fetus can hear a heartbeat (as a rule, this happens in the sixth week of pregnancy). While Republicans support the new law, Democrats oppose it, demanding its repeal.
The new law and the discussions around it forced 51-year-old Hollywood actress Uma Thurman to recall a personal story that traumatized her. The actress admitted that she had an abortion as a teenager. According to her, this decision still saddens her.
I started my acting career at 15, working in an environment where I was often the only child in a room. As a teenager, I accidentally became pregnant with a man much older than me. I lived with one suitcase in Europe, away from my family, and was about to start working. I tried my best to figure out what to do
She wrote in an article for The Washington Post.
The actress wrote that she told her parents about everything in order to discuss all possible options for how best to act. In the end, they allowed her to terminate the pregnancy.
My heart was broken
– Uma admitted.
She had an abortion in Germany, and the procedure was painful.
It hurt terribly. But I didn't complain. I felt so ashamed that I felt I deserved this pain
After that, Thurman became a mother three times: she has a 23-year-old daughter Maya and a 19-year-old son Levon from her marriage to Ethan Hawke, as well as a nine-year-old daughter Rosalind from her former lover Arpad Busson.
Uma Thurman with her daughter Maya
Uma Thurman with her son Levon
The actress admits that, despite the fact that the abortion deeply hurts her to this day, thanks to the decision she made, she was able to achieve a lot.
The abortion I had as a teenager was the most difficult decision of my life, one that hurt me then and that saddens me even now. But it was the path to a life full of joy and love that I experienced. The decision not to keep this early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and should have been,
– noted the star.
She added that the abortion law in Texas violates the rights of American women and urged them to be brave.
To all of you Texas women and girls who fear being traumatized and hunted by predatory bounty hunters, to all women outraged that the state is taking away our rights to our bodies, and to all those who become vulnerable and shamed because they have uterus, I say: I see you. Be bold. You are beautiful. You remind me of my daughters
– concluded the actress.
Uma Thurman with daughters Rosalind and Maya