RPDR queen Phi Phi O’Hara shares abortion story to challenge new bills

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Preach | Photo: Facebook/Phi Phi O’Hara

RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Phi Phi O’Hara has weighed in on the conversation about abortion rights by sharing a personal story.

The drag performer, whose real name is Jaremi Carey, has appeared on RPDR Season 4 and All Star Season 2.

‘When I was 15, my girlfriend got pregnant’

In a four-part Twitter thread, the queen recalled an incident occurred when she was 15.

‘When I was 15…. My girlfriend(16) and I found out she became pregnant. Told our parents, made the decision whatever she wants to do it is her body, but either way I am here for all options. She ended up having an abortion,’ Phi Phi O’Hara wrote.

O’ Hara continued: ‘We were lucky to be able to have an open, honest, intelligent conversation about how we could not bring a life into this world that we could not give our fullest devotion and proper life they deserve and should have. I feel so bad for anyone who can not have these conversations or circle of help like we did.’

‘These new bills are absolutely inhumane and are forcing people to bring a life up no matter the situation including rape and incest. These decisions are made in majority by white men who should bear the same responsibility for a child…..but puts all responsibility and punishment on the woman.’

‘These decisions on their bodies are just that…the woman’s to do with what they want. No one especially a group of men who blindly and so ignorantly speak on this subject should forever be silenced on the matter. Support women! Stand with them, protect them!’ O’Hara concluded.

‘Also by saying “Protect” I don’t mean it in a way that means they can’t do it on their own. So I hope it doesn’t come off that way. I am saying we are all human and if we have a voice and power… and we all do….use it to protect each other and our rights.’

The most restrictive abortion bills in the US

Many celebrities are expressing their pro-choice views publicly to start a conversation and put pressure on lawmakers.

Lawmakers in Alabama and Georgia recently passed controversial abortion bills directly challenging the historic Roe v. Wade case, which decriminalized abortion in 1973.

In Alabama, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass HB314 on 15 May. If signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey, the law would jail doctors for 99 for performing an abortion. Moreover, HB314 would not allow abortion even in the case or rape or incest.

Earlier this month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the United States, set to go into effect in January 2020.

The so-called ‘Heartbeat Bill’ will ban abortions after doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat. This usually occurs around six weeks into the pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant.

See also

Alabama passes most restrictive abortion laws in the United States

Five production companies will not film in Georgia over new abortion law 

Abortion is not just for straight women, bisexuals and lesbians have it too

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