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Jemima Kirke plays an unusually brave character in HBO's smash hit Girls, but she is even braver in real life. In a recent video for a campaign called “Draw the Line”, she speaks publicly about her decision to have an abortion while she was at college. She terminated her pregnancy in 2007 and explained what drove her to that difficult decision. She said in the video that “reproductive issues should be something women should be able to talk about freely.”

Explaining her move, she started by saying that her life was “just not conducive to raising a healthy, happy child. I didn't feel it was fair. So, I decided to get an abortion.” She tweeted later that both her and her boyfriend were not mentally stable and that she did not want to be attached to that guy. She also said he was abusive. Perhaps the most shocking part of her story is that she underwent the procedure without anesthesia. 

She could not afford the being anesthetized even though it did not cost much more than the procedure itself. But during studies she was struggling with money and setting aside even a slightly larger sum would be impossible. “I just didn't have it. It's these obstacles and this stigma that makes these things not completely unavailable... We do have free choice and we are able to do what we want, but there are these little hoops we have to jump through to get them.”

 

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