Uma Thurman is opening up about her abortion while speaking about the Texas law banning abortion in the state.In an op-ed for the Washington Post, the 51-year-old reflects on her own miscarriage at the young age.
Texas law, which went into effect this month, allows private citizens to prosecute abortion providers and anyone else who helps a woman obtain an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
It also makes no exception for the cases of rape or incest.
Uma revealed that she had a miscarriage in her teens.
“This law is yet another discriminatory tool against those who are economically disadvantaged, and often, indeed, against their partners,” she wrote for the paper. “Women and children of wealthy families retain all the choices in the world, and face little risk. I am grief-stricken, as well, that the law pits citizen against citizen, creating new vigilantes who will prey on these disadvantaged women, denying them the choice not to have children they are not equipped to care for, or extinguishing their hopes for the future family they might choose.”
Uma says her decision was taken partly because she felt unable to provide a stable home.
“It has been my darkest secret until now,” she added. “I am 51 years old, and I am sharing it with you from the home where I have raised my three children, who are my pride and joy.”
“To all of you — to women and girls of Texas, afraid of being traumatized and hounded by predatory bounty hunters; to all women outraged by having our bodies’ rights taken by the state; and to all of you who are made vulnerable and subjected to shame because you have a uterus — I say: I see you. Have courage. You are beautiful. You remind me of my daughters.”
Uma has three children: daughter Maya and son Levon, whom she shares with Ethan Hawke; and daughter Luna, whom she shares with Arpad Busan.