“Our rights as women to obtain safe abortions by experienced doctors are again at stake,” the “Hellboy” actress wrote Tuesday.
Ms. Jovovich was referring to HB 481, the new Georgia law that outlaws abortion after about six weeks, or once a fetal heartbeat is detectable. She said the law, which was signed last week by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, is “draconian” and “restrictive.”
“Abortion is hard enough for women on an emotional level without having to go through it in potentially unsafe and unsanitary conditions,” she wrote.
Ms. Jovovich then revealed that she had an “emergency abortion” two years ago when she was less than five weeks pregnant and shooting on location in Eastern Europe.
“I went into preterm labor and [was] told that I had to be awake for the whole procedure,” she said. “It was one of the most horrific experiences I have ever gone through. 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.”
Ms. Jovovich said the traumatic event caused her to spiral “into one of the worst depressions” of her life and forced her to take time off from her career.
“Thank God I was able to find my way out of that personal hell without turning to medication, but the memory of what I went through and what I lost will be with me till the day I die,” she wrote. “Abortion is a nightmare at its best. No woman wants to go through that. But we have to fight to make sure our rights are preserved to obtain a safe one if we need to.
“I never wanted to speak about this experience,” she concluded. “But I cannot remain silent when so much is at stake. #prochoice #prochoicegeneration.”
HB 481 has sparked a Hollywood boycott against Atlanta, where many films are shot and produced. Actress Busy Phillips recently came out against the bill by revealing that she had an abortion when she was 15.
Actress Jameela Jamil said Monday that she also had an abortion when she young and that it was the “best decision” she ever made.
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