Celebrities are always having their personal business posted. A celebrity get a nose job? The whole world scrutinizes it. Takes their trash out in sweats? You’ll see it in a magazine tomorrow. It’s an exhausting way to live, it tears people down. But sometimes stars grab the spotlight, point it at themselves, and use it for good.
Actress and artist Jemima Kirke has done it recently in such an important way. She has made a PSA talking about the abortion she had in 2007. So I’m not a Girls fan (we can argue about that later), but I am a big Kirke fan. Maybe it’s her grace, her style, or the fact she reminds me of this girl I used to be enamored with. Who knows.
The PSA she did for drawtheline.org is wonderful. Draw The Line is a campaign that in their own words, wants “to build support across the United States for robust protections of every woman’s constitutional rights and access to safe, legal, high-quality reproductive health care—no matter where she lives.” I can get behind that!
Here, watch it for yourself. Share it with others.
The thing that I love about this PSA is the lack of drama. She’s relaxed, calm, just talking about a time in her life. It wasn’t highlighting an extreme situation, just an very common situation. She was in college. With a boyfriend she didn’t want to be attached to forever. “My life was not conducive to raising a happy, healthy child,” she says. “I just didn’t think it was fair.”
She also talks about the barriers and obstacles that are in place for women (especially those that are younger and lacking in funds) to get an abortion. She talks about the hope she has for her daughters and the world they will live in. I love she is using her celebrity for this, and I’d love to see more women in the spotlight doing so.