Actress Milla Jovovich opened up about an “emergency abortion” she underwent two years ago while she was filming a movie in Eastern Europe.
Jovovich said that she shared the personal story in an effort to raise awareness about women’s diminishing rights in the U.S. as a result of Georgia’s new abortion bill, which was signed into law last week.
What did she say?
Complete with a theatrical photo of herself, Jovovich shared the story on Instagram.
She wrote, “I don’t like to get political and I try to only do it if a really have to and this is one of those times. If someone doesn’t want to continue reading, you have been warned.”
“Our rights as women to obtain safe abortions by experienced doctors are again at stake,” she complained. “Last Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a draconian bill into law that outlaws all abortions after six weeks — before most women even realize they’re pregnant — including in cases of RAPE OR INCEST.”
“This,” the actress continued, “makes Georgia the sixth state to pass such a restrictive six-week abortion ban, joining Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota.These laws haven’t been passed yet, but lawmakers in these states are trying.”
Jovovich went on to detail her own experience with the topic, in a situation that she called an “emergency abortion.”
“Abortion is hard enough for women on an emotional level without having to go through it in potentially unsafe and unsanitary conditions,” she said. “I myself went through an emergency abortion 2 years ago. I was 4 1/2 months pregnant and shooting on location in Eastern Europe.”
Jovovich said that she went into pre-term labor and was told that she “had to be awake for the whole procedure.”
“It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through,” she admitted. “I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think about the fact that women might have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns.”
The actress went on to explain that she “spiraled into one of the worst depressions” of her life as a result of the “emergency abortion.”
“[W]e have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe [abortion] if we need to,” she added. “I never wanted to speak about this experience. But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake.”