Actresses Recite Other Women's Real-Life Abortion Stories, Reminding Us Why Reproductive Rights Are So Important

A reminder of what freedom is supposed to mean in America.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a nonprofit organization advocating for the legal reproductive rights of women, is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court for what is being called the most important reproductive rights case in almost 25 years. 

The case, Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, will determine whether Texas can shut down almost all abortion care providers in the state. The potential repercussions on women's reproductive health and freedom is enormous given that "at least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45," according to the Guttmacher Institute.

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of reproductive freedoms and this monumental court case, the Center for Reproductive Rights started a campaign called Draw The Line.

The campaign encourages people of all walks of life, who believe in freedom of choice, to share and submit their personal stories about "the importance of safe, legal abortion care."

Seven women's real-life stories were recently recited by actresses such as Elizabeth Banks, Dascha Polanco, and Mary McCormack as part of the Draw the Line Monologues, a series of video vignettes. 

Watch each monologue below: 


1. Elizabeth Banks draws the line for Rebecca. Rebecca got an abortion after deciding she couldn't have her abuser's baby.

2. Dascha Polanco draws the line for Kayleigh. Kayleigh was still a student when she found out she was pregnant.

3. Mary McCormack draws the line for Susanne. When Susanne's pregnancy went wrong, she knew her baby had no chance of survival. There was nothing she could do, but the hospital chose not to allow her an abortion.

4. Retta draws the line for Rosario. Rosario suffered from a problematic pregnancy which could have killed her.

5. Mercedes Mason draws the line for Laura. Laura wasn't ready to become a mother.

6. Amy Brenneman draws the line for Whitney. Whitney found out she had a faulty pregnancy after 20 weeks, which would have likely resulted in a miscarriage.

7. Bellamy Young draws the line for Faith. Faith had an unplanned pregnancy and medical conditions that could have had disastrous results.

The people behind the campaign lastly asks you to take the challenge, and agree that it's time to draw the line by spreading the message using #DrawTheLine on social media. 

You can also check out other organizations such as and that are helping to raise awareness for reproductive rights as well.


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