Skip To Content

    Uma Thurman Wrote A Powerful Essay About Getting An Abortion As A Teenager That You Need To Read

    “It has been my darkest secret until now.”

    You know Uma Thurman.

    Uma Thurman poses for a photo while wearing a coat over a coat
    Stephane Cardinale — Corbis / Corbis via Getty Images

    The actor recently wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about Texas's recently passed SB 8 law regarding abortions in the state.

    Thurman poses for a picture at an event
    Matthias Nareyek / Getty Images

    According to BuzzFeed News reporter Clarissa-Jan Lim, the law "bans abortions as soon as cardiac activity is detected in the fetus, which could be as early as six weeks, or a single missed period. It also enables members of the public to enforce the law, allowing them to sue anyone involved in the abortion — from abortion providers to the person who drives a patient to the clinic or lends them money for the procedure."

    In the op-ed, Thurman also revealed that she had an abortion as a teenager. “It has been my darkest secret until now. 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,” she said.

    Thurman poses for a photo at an event while wearing a large coat
    Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

    “This law is yet another discriminatory tool against those who are economically disadvantaged, and often, indeed, against their partners,” she wrote while talking about the passage of the law. “Women and children of wealthy families retain all the choices in the world, and face little risk."

    Thurman smiles for a photo at an event
    Daniele Venturelli / Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images Getty Images for Fondation Prince Albert II

    She continued, "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.”

    Thurman poses for a photo at an event while wearing a dress and necklace
    Matthias Nareyek / Getty Images

    Thurman added, “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.”

    Thurman poses on the red carpet while wearing a dress
    Christopher Jue / Getty Images

    Read Uma Thurman's entire op-ed here.