Comedian and pro-abortion activist Lizz Winstead called it a “privilege” to share her abortion story this week on a widely-publicized online pro-abortion event.
Winstead joined Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and others on the online Abortion Speakout event Tuesday. She told the group that she had an abortion at Planned Parenthood when she was 16 after becoming pregnant the first time she had sex.
After the event, she told The Daily Beast:
“Running away from abortion and not talking about abortion and acting like there’s something wrong with abortion does a disservice to everyone who’s had one and does a disservice to those who provide them. … And I, for one, refuse to participate in conversation and dialogue and language and sound bites and rhetoric that have been set up and designed to take control out of the hands of people who need it.”
… “I was a person who was doing what many people do: exploring my own sexuality without the information that I needed to not get pregnant,” she said via Skype, sitting in front of a life-size cutout of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Winstead, who founded the pro-abortion group Lady Parts Justice, said she believes it is important for celebrities like herself to proudly share their abortion experiences – “until all women who have had abortions can feel comfortable coming forward without repercussions.”
“Until that day comes,” she said, “those of us who feel like we have the strength, the privilege, to tell our stories … give [abortion] a context that makes sense, that normalizes it, [and] that takes the shame away.”
The pro-abortion event was part of the 1 in 3 Campaign, a group that tries to normalize abortion by encouraging women to share how aborting their unborn babies helped them.
Kelsey Hazzard, writing at LifeNews, described the purpose of the Tuesday event: “[W]omen who do not regret ending the lives of their children will attempt to counter the very vocal post-abortive pro-life women who do.” Hazzard also debunked the statistic that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime.
Abortion advocates are becoming more brash with their story-telling campaigns as they attempt to influence the U.S. Supreme Court, which is set to hear an important case on abortion from Texas in March. The high court announced in November that it will hear a lawsuit bought by abortion businesses against a pro-life Texas law responsible for closing abortion clinics that could not guarantee they could protect the health of Texas women. The law has been credited with saving the lives of more than 10,000 unborn children.