Jameela Jamil is known for being outspoken about important issues. The actress, model, presenter and activist frequently uses social media to speak out about the things that matter to her, particularly social issues that affect women.
In the face of a new anti-abortion law that's been imposed in Georgia, Jamil shared her abortion story online and the reaction has been pretty intense. The law will make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion once a heartbeat has been detected and has been dubbed the "heartbeat bill".
Keep reading for more information about the "heartbeat bill" and to see how the internet reaction to Jamil's personal experience.
On May 7th, Brian Kemp, the Governor of Georgia signed the anti-abortion "heartbeat bill".According to Huffpost, Kemp’s signature overrides the old state law that allows abortion up until twenty weeks and, as a consequence of the bill, Georgia is now one of the most restrictive states in America when it comes to abortion.
The law makes it illegal to have an abortion when doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.
SHAME ON GEORGIA GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP. https://t.co/HHC01iVorX— Planned Parenthood Action (@Planned Parenthood Action)1557240045.0
Kemp believes that the bill is doing important work.
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
Of course, many people disagree with Kemp's stance."Wait, what? Easy? It's never an easy decision," Twitter-user, Shannon Reno says. "No woman wakes up and thinks, 'Today is a great day for an abortion!' However, she CAN (and should always be able..."
Huffpost has noted that the Center for Reproductive Rights has pledged to sue the state.The group’s chief counsel, Elisabeth Smith, deemed the law “bafflingly unconstitutional."
Planned Parenthood is also planning to sue.
Georgia’s governor just signed the six-week abortion ban. We have one message for Governor Kemp: We’ll see you in c… https://t.co/0YMmJzGERq— Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates (@Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates)1557244456.0
Planned Parenthood won't cease their mission.
The people of this state stood up and spoke out against this draconian legislation and our lawmakers chose not to l… https://t.co/w0FPGnUJXK— Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates (@Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates)1557244458.0
In March, Kemp claimed that "there will no doubt be a legal battle" if the bill passed."And we’re ready for a fight," the governor added. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has "no ill will" for the people who will oppose the bill; "I understand it," he said. “But this is about protecting life, and we’re willing to fight for it."
Jen Jordan, Georgia State Senator, has said that it isn’t about abortion, it's about women’s fundamental rights.
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
The problem isn't just in Georgia.
"Heartbeat abortion" bans have been signed into law in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio this year. Lawmakers… https://t.co/nFlpUdIjxN— NBC News (@NBC News)1557530853.0
These headlines have caused a huge stir.
And, now, our favorite activist has weighed in.
Jamil said that the new law is "blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women".It's "essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist," she continued.
The issue of rape has been a huge point of contention concerning the issue.
i haven't rlly said much abt the abortion laws in georgia but i think this excerpt from 'when do girls matter?' is… https://t.co/qbL6dI7WNC— becca 🏹 (@becca 🏹)1557784305.0
But it's not just victims of rape that this law will affect.
@jameelajamil Not even rape victims, it's a punishment for every person who does not want a child at this time and/… https://t.co/GvYK2Sdc7S— 💣⁷ (@💣⁷)1557774426.0
Jamil continued her thread:She explained that she had an abortion at a young age and that she had no regrets. She claimed that she wasn't ready for a baby and that it would have been unfair for a child to be brought up when the conditions just weren't right.
She moved on to add the concept of foster homes to the argument.
But she wanted to make it clear that she had nothing against foster homes in and of themselves."I’m in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all," she wrote.
This was the part that really struck a chord with people - and not in a good way.
@jameelajamil Everyone with orphans in their family tree: “guess we should be dead” 🤷🏽♂️— Ernesto (@Ernesto)1557892889.0
Jamil also pointed to the fact it will primarily be marginalized women that will suffer under the new laws.Anyone with money could move state if they felt that they wanted to have an abortion.
Many people have taken offense to Jamil's tweets.
@jameelajamil ‘Abortion was good for the baby’ is a terrible take— Michael Mann (@Michael Mann)1557867747.0
"So glad my birth mother wasn't you. #adopted," Laurie tweeted.
Really @jameelajamil let's go through your post. 1. Killing your unborn baby was THE BEST decision you have ever… https://t.co/AUa2EH4e2O— Fr. Frank Pavone (@Fr. Frank Pavone)1557845428.0
"How very selfish of you. Birth control duh. Baby killer," wrote David Miller.
@jameelajamil I understand why you’re sharing this but it’s a terrible way to go about it. If we lose focus on bodi… https://t.co/teJoGx7fCS— Sarah_Woolley (@Sarah_Woolley)1557905852.0
Twitter-user, Renee Lester said, "as a kid in foster care, i can tell you i would rather be where i am right here with my foster family rather than being aborted and not being able to love. to live. to meet new people and to grow."
And Renee's tweet received a pretty great response.
@Renee_lest @jameelajamil Renee, with that attitude, you will have a great life! 💜💜 to you. Of course, some things… https://t.co/KoYuH2o5Sr— A.Genova MD (@A.Genova MD)1557878870.0
Despite the criticism of Jamil's tweets, many were in support of the point that she was trying to get across.
@jameelajamil Not to mention people who get abortions due to health concerns. These women should not be shamed for… https://t.co/X3hMSJSxee— J🍍 (@J🍍)1557775669.0
And many emphasized with Jamil.
@jameelajamil I know you're confident enough by yourself, but in the face of all of this gross online backlash I ju… https://t.co/GOvygGFggP— betsy (@betsy)1557899986.0
Some are convinced that the passing of the bill in Georgia is a tactic to subordinate women.
@jameelajamil But of course Georgia wants women to be property again. They rigged their last election.— Juan Amambeesh (@Juan Amambeesh)1557896951.0
Jameela Jamil isn't the only famous face to have told her story in the face of the "heartbeat bill".Oh her talk show, actress, Busy Phillips, shared her experience as a teenager.
"I had an abortion when I was 15 years old," she said. "I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country."
"1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but
#youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth," Phillips tweeted.
And women everywhere responded.
@BusyPhilipps #YouKnowMe. I feel like I have to provide a heart breaking reason why I had two abortions. I simply… https://t.co/PemGKlEyCd— New Normal (@New Normal)1557906195.0