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Busy Philipps arrested in D.C. Roe vs. Wade protests

Actor and former talk show host Busy Philipps — a vocal pro-choice advocate — was arrested Thursday in Washington, DC for protesting the US Supreme Court’s historic reversal in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark case to protect reproductive choices.

The Girls5eva star documented her marching with crowds outside the courthouse before being “arrested, processed” and released on Thursday afternoon, and shared much of the ordeal on Instagram and Instagram Stories. The 43-year-old also published and confirmed a Vice News story saying she is being arrested “for equality”.

“On Friday, the right to make decisions about our own bodies and our lives – a right we have had for almost 50 years – was snatched away from us by this new Supreme Court, a court of which we are personal convictions [sic] are NOT shared by the vast majority of Americans. I’m one of those Americans,” Philipps wrote on Instagram, captioning pictures and videos showing the DC gathering and encounter with law enforcement.

Representatives for Philipps did not immediately respond to The Times request for comment on Friday.

The Cougar Town ex, who wore a T-shirt with the slogan “I will aid and abet abortion,” joined organizations like the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Working Families Party and Rev. William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign demonstrated as a result of the ruling removing federal protections on abortion and giving individual states the power to make and enforce their own laws on the issue.

Philipps characterized the reproductive rights demonstration as “an act of peaceful civil disobedience to let lawmakers, but more importantly the people who will be most affected by this outrageous decision, know that we will not back down, we will.” don’t back down and we won’t stop fighting until all Americans are equal.”

“I can’t think of a better way to use my privilege and voice than to amplify the message that physical autonomy IS a human right, as it IS ACTUALLY the same as the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We need to make sure it applies to all of us,” she wrote. “This is the fight of your life, all of you. It will not be short, easy, or without setbacks. But we MUST keep showing up and taking action. *You must. I promise I will.”

Philipps also railed against anti-abortion rights activists and anti-abortion organizations that “hid behind the ‘will of God,'” saying they “reflect nothing – not the greatness or compassion of mankind, much less God.”

“ENOUGH OF THIS,” she finished. “ENOUGH BEING BULLED BY PEOPLE WHO DON’T CARE FOR YOU OR ME. WE NEED ALL SHOW THE F— UP. I DON’T KNOW WHO NEED TO HEAR THIS, BUT WE NEED TO SHOW THE F—UP NOW.”

In 2019, Philipps helped bring abortion into public discourse with the #youknowme campaign, an attempt to get women to open up about their abortion experiences as restrictive laws about the practice gained traction across the country.

At the time, Georgia was just the fourth state this year to enact a law banning most abortions at about six weeks — before most women know they’re pregnant — and Philipps condemned the decision to her E! Talk show Busy Tonight, where she discussed her abortion at age 15.

Her story prompted a flood of responses from women protesting laws criminalizing abortion to share their emotional personal stories – similar to the beginnings of the revolutionary #MeToo movement of 2017.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-01/busy-philipps-arrested-in-roe-vs-wade-protests-this-is-the-fight-of-a-lifetime Busy Philipps arrested in D.C. Roe vs. Wade protests

Sarah Ridley

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