Busy Phillips is an actress that you probably know from Freaks and Geeks, but who has been making the rounds in Hollywood since 2000. She's fun, funny, and absolutely adorable. So you might be surprised to learn that on the latest episode of her show, Busy Tonight, she got personal and political.
Now you might be wondering: why would the host of an entertainment talk show decide to dive into the realm of politics? Wouldn't that just alienate viewers?
Well, Busy has the answer: after she heard about a bill banning abortion after 5 weeks, she couldn't stay silent. She had to share her personal experience of getting an abortion as a young woman to help others understand what it's really like. If you want to see how a celebrity can use their platform to articulately, passionately, and beautifully support a cause they love, then keep on reading, because Busy does it like a boss.
Busy Phillips is a familiar face around comedy circuits.
via: GettyShe's had walk on roles in everything from Girls to Arrested Development to Cougartown.
But her talents go beyond acting.
via: GettyShe's also been known to do stand-up and drop by the occasional podcast.
Her latest venture is a late night talk show.It's called Busy Tonight and we are here for it.
Normally the show stays entertainment focused.Celeb gossip, the Met Gala, you know the drill.
And Busy dishes some good nuggets of wisdom in there.Plus she's funny as heck.
What you may not know about Busy Phillips is that she's also smart as all get out.
via: GettyBasically she's #goals.
And she's got a few things to say about Georgia's new "heartbeat bill".
via: GettyIt was signed into law on May 7 and has a lot of people angry.
The bill bans abortion after the point at which a doctor can detect a heartbeat.
Later today, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is poised to sign the nation’s sixth six-week abortion ban into law despite ma… https://t.co/LKM7auldFr— Planned Parenthood Action (@Planned Parenthood Action)1557238659.0
Not only that, but getting an abortion in just a few weeks is incredibly challenging.
This law effectively bans abortion entirely, and Georgia lawmakers know it. @annanorthtweets92 https://t.co/xf0GuGYQsO— Center for Reproductive Rights (@Center for Reproductive Rights)1557417988.0
This is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
Abortion is a RIGHT. We’re suing Georgia because the only person who should have the power to decide whether you n… https://t.co/yQUINIJjGH— ACLU (@ACLU)1557326781.0
What may be surprising is the people who are starting that pushback.Which brings us back to Busy.
At the beginning of Busy Tonight on Tuesday, she changed up her usual format.Instead of a cute monologue she got serious.
She condemned the heartbeat bill and pointed out that it just makes women less safe.“I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country," she explained. “I think we all need to be talking more and sharing our stories more."
Instead of pushback she got applause.Especially when she said, “I know that people feel very strongly about abortion, but let me just say this: Women and their doctors are in the best position to make informed decisions about what is best for them. Nobody else. Nobody."
The whole segment is amazing (and we'll share the full video below)...But what really got us is when she made it personal.
She started by saying “The statistic is 1 in 4 women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’"
I spoke about my abortion on my show tonight because I can not sit idly by while women’s rights are stripped away. https://t.co/Vk4kh4ZBJq— Busy Philipps (@Busy Philipps)1557294293.0
We're applauding her for her brave and articulate arguments.
via: GettyWay to go Busy!
Busy isn't the only one getting involved though.
BREAKING: Gov. Kemp just signed this near total ban on abortion. We’ve said it before and we'll say it again — we w… https://t.co/xeOEBqSnW2— ACLU (@ACLU)1557239387.0
Planned Parenthood is not just planning to sue...
This bill signed by @GovKemp is so extreme that it criminalizes doctors who provide life-saving care, and it even a… https://t.co/8jxww6aO5o— Leana Wen, M.D. (@Leana Wen, M.D.)1557241390.0
NARAL Georgia appears to be furious.
Becoming the state with the most restrictive abortion bans on the books, driving away doctors, and further worsenin… https://t.co/nUEEJhwTUW— NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia (@NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia)1553216621.0
Both Busy and these advocates note that banning abortion just makes it more dangerous, not less prevalent.
Our state simply cannot afford to criminalize women and doctors. The #HeartbeatBill is dangerous in far too many wa… https://t.co/6A2YwvR6Mj— Jen Jordan (@Jen Jordan)1553793715.0
What seems to be missing from many of the larger conversations is the personal story.That's why Busy's contribution is so important.
She doesn't just give us facts.
@BusyPhilipps This is awesome. More women need to tell their abortion stories. Thank you 👏👏👏. Iove how you give zer… https://t.co/Ci0VhvkIL2— Masha🍑FEMALE AF (@Masha🍑FEMALE AF)1557301369.0
She gives us a name and a face.
@BusyPhilipps I am in admiration of your bravery. This is never easy to talk about, and you did it on tv!! The stre… https://t.co/wIpP1h7EQT— Lloyd like Llama (@Lloyd like Llama)1557352877.0
It's scary and painful to speak out about your abortion.
@BusyPhilipps Busy: I killed my baby Everyone in the comments: oh my God you're such an inspiration! Me: https://t.co/Gxzf7uh8ez— Mama (@Mama)1557353906.0
But the more people who do it, the more acceptable it will be.
@BusyPhilipps I had an abortion. I was 19 and was so sick i couldnt walk. Broke jobless thinking im dying. I had an… https://t.co/jOpQARSTk4— Tara (@Tara)1557415535.0
So to all the women out there who have had one:
@BusyPhilipps Thank you. This means a lot to so many women.— Ashley (@Ashley)1557379370.0