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On May 15, 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law an abortion bill that is considered the United States’ most restrictive — banning abortion in all cases with exceptions only if the mother’s health is at risk, or if the fetus has “fatal anomalies” that would likely result in death outside of the womb. The Alabama bill came on the heels of Georgia’s “heartbeat bill,” which prohibits abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, with some exceptions for the health of the mother, the viability of the fetus, as well as cases of rape and incest — as long as any incidents are first reported to law enforcement and the procedure takes place before the pregnancy’s 20 week mark.

According to The Washington Post, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah have also passed new, restrictive abortion bills. In an effort to shed light on the nuances of the issue, many celebrities have been speaking out about their own experiences with terminating pregnancies. Stories have come out from both sides of the issue. No matter one’s personal belief regarding abortion, it can be helpful to hear others’ personal experiences — listening to one another and sharing stories can unite us all. Here’s a look at the celebrities who have opened up about their own abortion stories.

Sharon Osbourne is nothing if not brutally honest. The talk show host and former reality star has never shied away from laying it all on the table for the whole world to see, no matter the subject. Of course, Osbourne’s 2004 tell-all with the Daily Mail was no exception. During the interview, the TV star alleged that “everybody has something in the closet,” and revealed her own “big mistake”: the abortion she had when she was only 17-years-old.

“I was two months gone when I realized,” Osbourne told the publication. “I went to my mum and she said, without pausing for breath: ‘You have to get rid of it.'” The rockstar wife went on to describe how angry her pregnancy made her mother, and how she’d refused to accompany her daughter to the procedure. Osbourne said she “howled [her] way” though the entirety of the abortion.

“I would never recommend it to anyone because it comes back to haunt you,” Osbourne revealed. “In life, whatever it is, you pay somewhere down the line. You have to be accountable.”…Continue Reading

By Ian Dei

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