Minka Kelly has revealed she had abortion at a young age in a brave Instagram post shared Thursday morning.
The 38-year-old actress revealed the procedure was 'the smartest decision' she could've made after becoming pregnant, and shared an image of the Alabama lawmakers who backed a bill to prevent nearly all abortions in the state.
Strong: Minka Kelly admitted to having an abortion at a young age in a brave Instagram post shared Thursday morning; seen in April
'When I was younger I had an abortion. It was the smartest decision I could’ve made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus,' she wrote.
The law, which follows similar restrictions in states including Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota, would block abortions in the event of rape and incest, and features an exception only in cases where the pregnant person’s health is at risk.
'For a baby to’ve been born to two people — too young and completely ill equipped — with no means or help from family, would have resulted in a child born into an unnecessary world of struggle,' she wrote.
'Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into.'
Speak: The 38-year-old actress revealed the procedure was 'the smartest decision' she could've made after becoming pregnant, and shared an image of the Alabama lawmakers who backed a bill to prevent nearly all abortions in the state
'Forcing a child to be born to a mother who isn’t ready, isn’t financially stable, was raped, a victim of incest (!!), isn’t doing that theoretical child any favors.
The law — HB 314, which was approved by a vote of 25-6 in the Republican-led Senate — is set to come into effect in six months, and doctors who defy the law could face 99 years in prison.
'For those of you insisting abortion is murder, and to Rep. Terri Collins who said "an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and attention" — forget bringing up the mother might be in need of some "love and attention."
'What do you think happens to these kids who end up bouncing around in foster care, live on government assistance because the mother has no help, can’t afford childcare while she works a minimum wage job, and is trapped in a cycle of trying to survive on the meager