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"I have no regrets": Uma Thurman shares her teenage abortion story in criticizing Texas ban

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23.09.2021

Uma Thurman has become the latest star to weigh in on Texas' near-total abortion ban, which took effect on Sept. 1.

In a powerful new op ed in the Washington Post, Thurman revealed she had an abortion at 15 while in Europe, sharing her story in response to the ban. Thurman recalls closely following developments around the Texas law "with great sadness, and something akin to horror."

"In my late teens, I was accidentally impregnated by a much older man," Thurman recalled in the op ed. "I was living out of a suitcase in Europe, far from my family, and about to start a job. I struggled to figure out what to do. I wanted to keep the baby, but how?"

Upon discussing the situation by phone in a difficult conversation with her parents, and while her mother was gravely ill on a hospital bed, Thurman says she realized she had no choice. "My childish fantasy of motherhood was soundly corrected as I weighed answers to their very precise questions," she wrote. "I was just starting out in my career and didn't have the means to provide a stable home, even for myself. We decided as a family that I couldn't go through with the pregnancy, and agreed that termination was the right choice. My heart was broken nonetheless."

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