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You Know Me Movement

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The You Know Me Movement is a 2019 movement against abortion stigma. A similar campaign and movement from 2015 is called ShoutYourAbortion.

The 'You Know Me' movement is an example of the MeToo effect and a response to the successful 2019 passage of fetal heartbeat bills in five states in the USA, most notably the passing of anti-abortion laws in Georgia (House Bill 381)[1][2][3][4] , Ohio (House Bill 68)[5][6][7] and Alabama (House Bill 314)[8][9][10] .

Background and Origin[edit]

2015: #ShoutYourAbortion[edit]

In the wake of the The House of Representatives' vote to defund Planned Parenthood, Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison launched ShoutYourAbortion to remind supporters and critics alike abortion is a legal right to anyone who wants or needs it. [11] The women encouraged other women to share positive abortion experiences online using the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion in order to “denounce the stigma surrounding abortion.”[12][13][14]

Amanda Palmer in 2006

2019 build-up[edit]

On February 18, 2019, artist Amanda Palmer released her single about abortion, 'Voicemail for Jill', on YouTube.[15] Palmer had previously spoken out about her abortions in 2015[16].

On May 10, 2019, Palmer shared a number of tweets and articles as a response to the Ohio abortion ban:

{thread} an 11-year old girl was abducted, raped, impregnated, and because of the new movement against abortion rights, this 11-year old girl will be forced by ohio law to carry the rapist’s baby to term. A few thoughts about this.... Hopefully this girl will travel outside Ohio to get an abortion that will secure her a less traumatized future. The thought of being a rape survivor at 11 + having to handle a pregnancy, then the birth of a rapist’s baby on top of that emotional trauma - my brain can’t go there.. This is happening in many states in america because of the so-called “heartbeat” bill (which is a misleading clickbait-y title for the bill). they’re re-titling it the “human rights protection act”. I wonder what the @ACLU would have to say about the human rights of this girl. [17]
Jameela Jamil in 2018

On May 13, 2019, actress Jameela Jamil shared her abortion story in a series of tweets in which she slammed Georgia's anti-abortion law:

This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist. I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel. Ps.. this isn’t any diss at ALL to foster homes. I’m in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all. ❤️ [18]
Busy Philipps in 2019


On May 15, 2019, actress Busy Philipps encouraged women on Twitter to share their abortion stories, in the wake of the proposed Alabama abortion ban:

1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.
Keke Palmer in 2006

As a result of Philipps’ tweet, women replied with their abortion stories, many of them using the hashtag #youknowme on social media.[19][20] Among others, actresses Jameela Jamil, Rosanna Arquette and Ashley Judd used the #youknowme hashtag. 'You Know Me' has been identified and referred to as a viral social media campaign and movement. [21][22][23]

Activist Nelini Stamp shared her abortion story in a tweet:

In 2012 I had an abortion, I wasn't ready in any means to have a child I am 1 in 4 and #YouKnowMe. Post procedure I immediately cried, it was one of the hardest decisions to make but I would have not been able to grow the way I did the last 7 years if I didn't make that decision.

Actress Keke Palmer responded directly to Busy Philipps’ tweet by stating:

Most of all I was scared and unsure, not ready. I made the choice that was best for me at that time.

Rosanna Arquette replied to Philipps’ original tweet with ‘#youknowme’, and also publicly stated on Twitter:[24]

I’ve had a couple of abortions in my life. It was my decision and each time it was very sad, hard and painful. But It was my choice and I was lucky to have good care. No one has the right to take away a women’s right to choose what’s best for her. Women will vote you out.


Arwa Mahdawi (The Guardian) stated women shouldn't have to tell abortion stories to remind lawmakers they're human:

While #YouKnowMe is powerful, it’s also profoundly depressing. Women shouldn’t have to publicly defend their humanity. They shouldn’t have to justify wanting bodily autonomy.[25]

Madeline Fry (Washington Examiner) argued that the 'heartbreaking' stories behind the movement didn't justify the pro-abortion cause:

Unlike #ShoutYourAbortion, the repulsive no-regrets movement that began in 2015, #YouKnowMe feels, well, less shameless. Women have shared their struggles with the decision to have an abortion when they felt they had no other option. The stories are heartbreaking. But that doesn’t mean they justify the pro-abortion cause. These women deserve sympathy and support, especially those who suffered rape, an exception for abortion that Alabama's law doesn't allow. But considering rape makes up 1% of all causes for abortions, legislation for that circumstance should consider it an exception, not a rule. There's never an ideal time to have a baby, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't consider the life of the unborn child. [26]

See also[edit]


  1. "2019-2020 Regular Session - HB 481". legis.ga.gov. Georgia General Assembly. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. Prabhu, Maya (29 March 2019). "Georgia's anti-abortion 'heartbeat bill' heads to governor's desk". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. Mazzei, Patricia; Blinder, Alan (May 7, 2019). "Georgia Governor Signs 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Law". New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. Kaplan, Talia (14 March 2019). "Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion ban passes Senate as governor vows to sign it". Fox News. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  6. Frazin, Rachel (2019-04-10). "Ohio legislature sends 'heartbeat' abortion bill to governor's desk". The Hill. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  7. Haynes, Danielle (2019-04-11). "Ohio Gov. DeWine signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill". UPI. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  8. "Alabama HB314 | 2019 | Regular Session". LegiScan. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  9. Williams, Timothy; Blinder, Alan (2019-05-14). "Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  10. Ivey, Governor Kay (2019-05-15). "Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. https://governor.alabama.gov/statements/governor-ivey-issues-statement-after-signing-the-alabama-human-life-protection-act/ …pic.twitter.com/PIUQip6nmw". @GovernorKayIvey. Retrieved 2019-05-15. External link in |title= (help)
  11. "Women Share Their Stories With #ShoutYourAbortion To Support Pro-Choice". September 22, 2019. |archive-url= is malformed: save command (help)
  12. Klabusich, Katie (25 September 2015). "Frisky Rant: Actually, I Love Abortion". The Frisky. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  13. Fishwick, Carmen (9 October 2015). "Why we need to talk about abortion: eight women share their experiences". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  14. Koza, Neo (23 September 2015). "#ShoutYourAbortion activists won't be silenced". EWN Eyewitness News. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  15. "Amanda Palmer Addresses Abortion on New Single, "Voicemail for Jill"". February 20, 2019. Archived from the original on February 21, 2019.
  16. "No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan)". August 26, 2015. Archived from the original on February 21, 2019.
  17. "Amanda Palmer returns with a politically charged 'stand-up show about abortion'". May 10, 2019. |archive-url= is malformed: save command (help)
  18. "How 'You Know Me' became #YouKnowMe". May 15, 2019. Archived from the original on May 16, 2019.
  19. "How 'You Know Me' became #YouKnowMe". May 15, 2019. Archived from the original on May 16, 2019.
  20. "Busy Philipps starts 'You Know Me' hashtag for women to share abortion stories — and it quickly goes viral". May 15, 2019. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019.
  21. "#YouKnowMe: why women are sharing their abortion stories". May 16, 2019. Archived from the original on May 18, 2019.
  22. ""A real life version of The Handmaid's Tale": Why everyone is talking about US abortion laws". May 16, 2019. Archived from the original on May 18, 2019.
  23. "#youknowme - women mobilise against U.S. abortion crackdown". May 16, 2019. Archived from the original on May 18, 2019.
  24. "Rosanna Arquette Talks Having A Couple Abortions As More Celebrities Come Forward With Their Stories". May 16, 2019. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019.
  25. "How 'Women shouldn't have to tell abortion stories to remind lawmakers they're human". May 18, 2019. Archived from the original on May 18, 2019.
  26. "#YouKnowMe at least isn't #ShoutYourAbortion, but it still leaves out the other life involved". May 16, 2019. Archived from the original on May 19, 2019.

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