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Amy Brenneman reveals abortion secret

Actress Amy Brenneman has gone public with her abortion secret in an attempt to ‘normalise’ the medical procedure.
The Leftovers star has no reservations about a pregnancy she terminated while she was a 21-year-old student at Harvard University, and she is shocked there still continues to be so much discussion about the divisive topic.
Amy reveals she wanted to open up about her personal experience to help other women dealing with the shame they may feel from making a similar decision.
“I could never have imagined that a decision I made at age 21 would be such fodder for scrutiny today,” she writes on Cosmopolitan.com. “I had an abortion. I am simply one of millions of women who have exercised this constitutionally protected right, and according to recent data, I am part of the 95 percent of women who do not regret their choice.”
“I am also a believer in taking our private stories public, where the residue of shame – even the shame we were not aware we had – gets evaporated in the light of community and shared experience,” she adds. “We women are especially susceptible to shame for all sorts of reasons… Tendrils of shame have a tendency to pull us back into the habit of silence, but clearly silence isn’t doing us any good.”
Amy is also dismayed that women’s constitutional rights in the U.S. are being attacked and she knows she has to continue to be vocal to help affect change.
“I grew up in a world that the civil rights movement built,” the 51-year-old continues. “I was raised by parents who believed in a woman’s right to choose her destiny… (My mum) taught me about the inexorable movement in society toward justice and equality. She taught me that women have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – as well as equal protection under the laws as enshrined in our Constitution. This means all Americans, men and women, should be free to decide whether and when to become parents.”
“My abortion story is absolutely uneventful,” she adds. “It has left no scars. But in this current political climate… this uneventful-ness seems downright miraculous. May it always be so uneventful. May abortion once again be accepted for what it always has been: a necessary component of responsible family planning.”

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