Jemima Kirke on Having an Abortion: ‘I Just Didn’t Feel It Was Fair’ [VIDEO]
Jemima Kirke opened up about her abortion in a video for Draw the Line.
The campaign, which supports women's health care across the nation, was launched by the Center for Reproductive Rights. In the her video, Jemima explains her decision to terminate her pregnancy and why she believes discussing reproductive issues is important. You can read her message below:
"In 2007, I became pregnant with my boyfriend at the time. I wasn't sure that I wanted to be attached to this person for the rest of my life. My life was just not conducive to raising a healthy, happy child. I just didn't feel it was fair.
"So I decided to get an abortion and I went to Planned Parenthood in Providence, R.I., where I was at school. Because I couldn't tell my mother that I was pregnant, I had to pay for it out of pocket. I did have to empty my checking account -- whatever I had in there -- and get some [money] from my boyfriend.
"I realized that if I didn't take the anesthesia, I would be able to afford this. And the anesthesia ... wasn't that much more, but when you're scrounging for however many hundreds of dollars, it is a lot. I just didn't have it. It's these obstacles and it's this stigma that makes these things not completely unavailable and that's the tricky part, that ... we think we do have free choice and we are able to do whatever we want, but then there are these little hoops that we have to jump though to get them.
"I've always felt that reproductive issues should be something that women especially should be able to talk about freely, especially amongst each other. And I still see that today. I still see shame and embarrassment around terminating pregnancies, getting pregnant. I still see it. So I have always been open about my stories, always shared them -- especially with other women.
"I have two daughters, actually. I have a step-daughter, who's eight, and I have my younger one, who is four. I'm already anticipating their issues with self-esteem, their issues with their body. The whole luggage that comes with being a woman. So I would love if when they're older and they're in their teens or their twenties, that the political issues surrounding their body were not there anymore. That they have one less thing to battle around their bodies. They'll always be there and their own criticisms and their own battles will be there, but I would hate to see them having to fight for rights over their bodies as well."
In the first season of Girls, Jemima's character Jessa has an abortion story line. In 2012, Jemima spoke to Vulture about the episode, saying, "Well, I think what’s important in that episode is not the abortion itself. It’s the feelings and the actions around the abortion, and the different emotions it brings up in people. That’s where Lena [Dunham] excels, the moments before and after, the in-betweens. You know, not the big stuff. And she finds the big stuff in the discussion, not in the act of it."