"Girls" star Jemima Kirke wants to help women speak about their reproductive rights freely, and it's safe to say she's putting her money where her mouth is. The 29-year-old mother of two released a powerful PSA for the Center for Reproductive Rights on Tuesday (April 14), in which she reveals that she terminated a pregnancy in college.
"In 2007, I became pregnant with my boyfriend at the time," Kirke explains. "I wasn't sure that I wanted to be attached to this person for the rest of my life. My life just was not conducive to raising a healthy, happy child. I just didn't feel it was fair."
Kirke then adds that the bill for the procedure was so high, she had to forego anesthesia in order to afford it.
"That's the tricky part," Kirke adds. "We think we do have free choice and we are able to do whatever we want, but then there are these little hoops we have to jump through... I've always felt that reproductive issues should be something that women especially should be able to talk about freely, especially amongst each other. I still see that today -- I still see shame and embarrassment around terminating pregnancies; getting pregnant. I still see it. I've always been open about my stories, always shared them, especially with other women."
It's these other women -- especially her 8-year-old stepdaughter and 4-year-old biological daughter -- that made Kirke decide to speak out so publicly.
"I'm already anticipating their issues with self-esteem, their issues with their body," Kirke concludes. "The luggage that comes with being a woman. 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. Because 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."