Ashley Judd Discusses Decision to Have an Abortion: I'd Have 'Had to Co-Parent with My Rapist'




The actress who is protesting a new Georgia bill that would ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat can be heard has opened up about her personal story at the Women in the World summit in NYC.

“As everyone knows, and I’m very open about it, I’m a three-time rape survivor. And one of the times I was raped, there was conception,” she told moderator Katie Couric. “And I’m very thankful I was able to access safe and legal abortion. Because the rapist, who is a Kentuckian, as am I, and I reside in Tennessee, has paternity rights in Kentucky and Tennessee. I would’ve had to co-parent with my rapist.”

“So having safe access to abortion was personally important to me and, as I said earlier, democracy starts with our skin. We’re not supposed to regulate what we choose to do with our insides.”

“It’s starting to feel a little like The Handmaid’s Tale, isn’t it?” Couric asked as she brought up the bill.

She also speaks more at the source about her sexual harassment lawsuit with Harvey Weinstein and says "it’s actually going to be heard by the ninth circuit court of appeals” and discusses the topic more at the summit.


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