Within the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Jennifer Lawrence shared her own story with Vogue about how she herself almost got an abortion in her early 20s. The actress revealed that she ultimately needed to undergo a D&C procedure, where tissue is faraway from the uterus, following a miscarriage that she had while shooting Don’t Look Up, when she and her husband Cooke Maroney had been trying to begin a family.
Lawrence got pregnant in her early 20s and “100% intended” to get an abortion then, Vogue wrote. But before she could go, “I had a miscarriage alone in Montreal,” she said.
Years later, Lawrence had a second miscarriage while shooting Don’t Look Up and needed to get a D&C.
The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade deeply enraged her. “I remember 1,000,000 times occupied with it while I used to be pregnant,” she said. “Excited about the things that were happening to my body. And I had an ideal pregnancy. I had a really fortunate pregnancy. But each second of my life was different. And it will occur to me sometimes: What if I used to be forced to do that?”
Lawrence grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, in a conservative family. The 2016 election created a rift that she continues to be working to heal from.
“I just worked so hard within the last five years to forgive my dad and my family and take a look at to know: It’s different. The knowledge they’re getting is different. Their life is different,” she said. “I’ve tried to recover from it and I actually can’t. I can’t. I’m sorry I’m just unleashing, but I can’t fuck with individuals who aren’t political anymore. You reside in the US of America. You have got to be political. It’s too dire. Politics are killing people.”
“I don’t need to disparage my family, but I do know that quite a lot of individuals are in an analogous position with their families,” she added. “How could you raise a daughter from birth and imagine that she doesn’t deserve equality? How?”
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Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring Recent York City.