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‘Leftovers’ Star On Why She Can Be Both Religious And Pro-Abortion Rights


‘Leftovers’ Star On Why She Can Be Both Religious And Pro-Abortion Rights

Actress Amy Brenneman had an abortion when she was once 21 years previous, and she or he refuses to be shamed for talking about it. 

In a brand new video for the Lives of Women sequence, Brenneman talks about being each pro-abortion rights and an energetic member of her church, in addition to coming to phrases with the anti-abortion group. 

“I absolutely think the word ‘Christian’ has been stolen in 2017 in America by the Christian right,” she says within the video. She mentioned that her church is “prayerfully pro-choice” and believes in giving complete “moral agency” to ladies. (In the previous, Brenneman has mentioned she attends an Episcopalian church, and that she’s additionally half-Jewish.) 

Brenneman has lengthy been outspoken about ladies’s proper to have get right of entry to to abortion care, and mentioned that being open about her revel in got here at a price. 

In 2006, she joined celebrities like Gloria Steinem and Kathy Najimy in signing a Ms. Magazine petition known as “We Had Abortions,” to normalize the process. In a 2015 HuffPost Live video, she mentioned that she thinks abortion must now not be “demonized” and went to bat for Planned Parenthood, too.

After the 2015 interview ― 10 years after to start with popping out about having an abortion and, as she says within the Lives of Women video, “in the age of Twitter and Facebook” ― she needed to bear trolling from the non secular proper and anti-abortion communities. She says within the video that she stays thankful for her choice to have an abortion regardless, and accepts that she’s going to at all times be at odds with the anti-abortion group.  

“I don’t feel like I’m in conflict with where I go every Sunday,” she says within the video. “To live alongside this hatred [from the anti-abortion community] has been really empowering, and ultimately freeing.” 

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