Mark Ruffalo defends reproductive rights, talks about his mother’s illegal abortion
Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo gave a really moving speech in defense of safe abortion care and women's reproductive rights over the weekend, and shared how his mother's own experience obtaining an illegal abortion shaped his views about a woman's legal right to decide if, when, and under what circumstances she will have a child.
Ruffalo called his mother's experience a "relic of an America that was not free nor equal nor very kind," and warned that, as states across the country continue to criminalize women's choices and restrict their access to basic medical care, American is fast heading back to a time when "women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room just south of the state line."
Ruffalo delivered the speech in Mississippi, where new regulations threaten to shutter the state's last remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization.
It's a great speech, really. You can read the whole thing here: