On Tuesday, May 7, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a "heartbeat bill" into law, outlawing abortion in the state after a "fetal heartbeat" can be detected by physicians.
Since this heartbeat can sometimes be detected at only six weeks, and many women aren't even aware they're pregnant at that point, many are decrying the law as an immoral ban on abortion.
Talk show host Busy Philipps took the opportunity on her show to share the story of her own abortion, saying women should have the right to choose.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp just signed a bill banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. https://t.co/ALKDpdVtt6— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments)1557241957.0
Thank you for your strength in sharing your story, @BusyPhilipps. 💛 #BusyTonight https://t.co/Ryqz7WGEVN— Busy Tonight (@Busy Tonight)1557286200.0
Philipps knew she should use her platform to speak out for the many women who won't have the opportunity.
I spoke about my abortion on my show tonight because I can not sit idly by while women’s rights are stripped away. https://t.co/Vk4kh4ZBJq— Busy Philipps (@Busy Philipps)1557294293.0
Busy's story was a reminder to many of the great things that become possible when women are represented on television.
Whether or not you watch Busy Tonight, it's important to know when you give women shows we get to mainstream our vo… https://t.co/KAMZ8FU4S0— Bess Kalb (@Bess Kalb)1557329941.0
It's a lot easier for men to take away our rights when we're not able to publicly advocate for them ourselves. Talk… https://t.co/eJgILwOreS— Bess Kalb (@Bess Kalb)1557331942.0
can't believe I have to say "this" but .. THIS: "Women and their doctors are in the best position to make informed… https://t.co/k813JYyBuk— Jarett Wieselman (@Jarett Wieselman)1557336002.0
Twitter couldn't help but admire Philipps for her bravery and beautiful words:
I can't say how much it's been an honor to watch @BusyPhilipps. I'm always proud of her but right now I'm bursting… https://t.co/HvoA76Xvs9— Jasmine Y Stephen (@Jasmine Y Stephen)1557338694.0
Now here is someone TRULY CHANGING WHAT LATE NIGHT LOOKS LIKE in a joyful and inspiring way without shying away fro… https://t.co/axoSfj56Cx— Gabe Gonzalez (@Gabe Gonzalez)1557328805.0
@BusyPhilipps It really is so important that a woman with your platform talks about something so many people refuse to. Thank you— Victoria T 🖤❄️ (@Victoria T 🖤❄️)1557402666.0
Unfortunately, E! recently announced Philipps' show would be cancelled.
E! has canceled Busy Philipps’ late-night talk show #BusyTonight. https://t.co/bwgaiVNMQQ— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments)1557143936.0
But in the meantime, Busy's fans love what she's doing with her remaining time on the air.
@BusyPhilipps For sharing your story! https://t.co/3pwcVEv8mQ— Tonya Willis (@Tonya Willis)1557370731.0
@BusyPhilipps Goosebumps all over my body right now. I love you, Busy Phillips. ❤️— Love, Jennifer (@Love, Jennifer)1557348623.0
@BusyPhilipps @alidreith Thank you for sharing your story!— DrAmyA (@DrAmyA)1557369926.0
It takes true bravery to be this honest on national television.
@TMZ @TooFab Congrats to her for her candor.— Eric Shoemaker (@Eric Shoemaker)1557413483.0
@BusyPhilipps I am in admiration of your bravery. This is never easy to talk about, and you did it on tv!! The stre… https://t.co/wIpP1h7EQT— Lloyd like Llama (@Lloyd like Llama)1557352877.0
Though her time on E! is winding down, Philipps is still attracting new viewers!
@BusyPhilipps Thank you for sharing your story. I haven’t watched your show before but I will now. The govt has no… https://t.co/1avLR6fut7— gardener (@gardener)1557353921.0
@control_zed @CountryNGirly @TMZ @TooFab This needs to absolutely be shared more.— ☆tiffany★ (@☆tiffany★)1557373548.0
@bessbell @BusyPhilipps So I never watched @BusyTonightTV but this, THIS, is monumental. Thank you @BusyPhilipps… https://t.co/xFqKoLHTVA— JessMarieMaine (@JessMarieMaine)1557349593.0
Keep up the good work, Busy—you're helping to normalize the idea of a woman's choice to everyone who hears your story!
@bessbell surprise surprise, @BusyPhilipps does something great !— zaxahatchee (@zaxahatchee)1557413034.0
@bessbell Only seems radical now. Soon it won't.— Johnny Ross (@Johnny Ross)1557399347.0