As part of a powerful “Draw the Line” campaign, seven actresses have come together to tell the real stories of women who have had abortions, in an effort to humanize a polarizing issue.
The stories told by Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect), Dascha Polanco (Orange Is the New Black), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers), Mercedes Mason (The Finder), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Retta (Parks and Recreation) are all true and come from accounts of real women who have been willing to share their stories.
The stories include one woman who escaped an abusive relationship and had an abortion, another who experience major fetal anomalies in an otherwise wanted pregnancy and another whose epilepsy put her health as well as the baby’s at risk.
“What I remember most about my experience is how the women I love stepped up to support the decision I was choosing to make,” Banks says in a video that tells the story of “Rebecca,” a college freshman in an abusive relationship, “because the life they were most concerned about was mine.”
“When you love someone, you want the best for them,” she adds. “And that means you would do anything to protect them from being forced to do something against their will. I think most women feel that way. But when it comes to abortion, it can be hard to say the words.”
Watch some of the stunning stories below.