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Alyssa Milano has opened up about having two abortions – here’s why that’s important

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The American actress opened up about her experiences on the latest episode of her podcast Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry.

Alyssa Milano isn’t one to stay quiet in the face of injustice.

In the Autumn of 2018, the actress made the decision to share her experience of sexual assault in response to a tweet by Donald Trump that suggested Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her were false. And earlier this year, Milano led a group of celebrities and film professionals in condemning the “heartbeat” abortion bill which had passed in Georgia by agreeing to boycott film production in the state. She also wrote an emotional opinion piece for Deadline on the subject.

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And now Milano has taken another stand in the fight for abortion rights across America by sharing her personal experience with abortion on the latest episode of her podcast Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry, where she talks about social, political and cultural issues.

“In 1993, I had two abortions,” Milano shared. “I was in love for the first time, in the breathless way you can only be in love when you are young. It was huge, overwhelming even. It filled every part of living. And it was a joyful and exciting and powerful time in my life.

“I knew at that time I was not equipped to be a mother,” she continued, “and so I chose to have an abortion.

“I chose. It was my choice. And it was absolutely the right choice for me. It was not an easy choice. It was not something I wanted, but it was something that I needed, like most healthcare is.”

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Alyssa Milano: “I knew at that time I was not equipped to be a mother.”

Milano also reflected on how her choice to have an abortion has given her the freedom to live her life – and stressed that restricting abortion removes the freedom for other women to make the same choice as her, should they choose to.

“I would not have my children… who have a mother who was so very, very ready for them. I would not have my career. I would not have the ability or platform I use to fight against oppression with all my heart… I would never had been free to be myself – and that’s what this fight is all about: freedom.”

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Milano isn’t the first high-profile celebrity to open up about her abortion experience. Over the last couple of months, both Jameela Jamil and Milla Jovovich have shared their stories. And in May, TV personality Busy Phillips used her platform to speak about the abortion she had when she was 15, urging women to talk more openly about their experiences to tackle the stigma surrounding the procedure. 

“I had an abortion when I was 15 years old and I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over the country,” Philipps shared. “I think we all need to be talking more – and sharing our stories.

“Maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion’,” she continued. “Well, you know me.”

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