Monday 26 September 2016

Seven female celebrities star in online campaign to share women's personal stories of abortion

Sasha Brady

Published 22/01/2016 | 15:13

Actress Elizabeth Banks stands up for abortion rights in an online video for pro-choice Draw the Line campaign
Actress Elizabeth Banks stands up for abortion rights in an online video for pro-choice Draw the Line campaign

Seven actresses, including Elizabeth Banks and Orange is the New Black's Dasha Polanco stand up for abortion rights in a new pro-choice campaign.

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The actresses have teamed up with the Centre of Productive Right in the US to highlight the complex experiences and situations faced by women who choose to end a pregnancy.

The Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks, Orange is the New Black's Dasha Polanco, Scandal's Bellamy Young, NCIS star Mercedes Mason, Amy Brenneman, comedian Retta, and Mary McCormack are the seven actresses participating in the project.

The campaign, called Draw the Line, is a series of videos in which each actress gives a dramatic reading of a real woman’s abortion story.

Banks tells the story of Rebecca, a college student who wanted an abortion after becoming pregnant in an abusive relationship.

Mary shares Susanne's experience, a woman who was denied the abortion care she needed when her pregnancy failed.

Retta delivers Rosario's story, a young woman who, after years of fertility treatment, finally fell pregnant only to discover that the pregnancy presented a life-threatening problem.

“My choice with my partner and with my doctor was to save my life. I consider myself lucky,” she says.

Polanco recounts Kayleigh's experience, a full-time student who didn’t feel ready “to raise a child with the care and attention they deserved.”

Breneman is Whitney, a mother of one who finds out the baby she’s carrying is suffering from fatal fetal anomalies.

Mercedes shares the story of Laura, a young woman who decides to have an abortion despite the many obstacles she faced along the way by people who didn't agree with her decision.

And Bellamy gives Faith's experience, a woman who made the difficult decision to get an abortion when she was faced with life-threatening health risks.

All seven videos are available to watch in full on YouTube.

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