Busy Phillipsstar of Freaks and Geeks† Dawson’s Creek† Cougar Cityand girls5eva involved in an act of civil disobedience on Thursday, risking herself during a meeting outside the United States Supreme Court. She wore a shirt that read “I Will Aid and Abet Abortion” and was eventually snatched by Capitol Police for blocking traffic.
Philipps’ Instagram shows a short video in which a cop tags her with a wristband before being escorted off the street where she is. Another image shows her with her fist raised near a sign that reads ‘There is no hate like Christian love’.
She added a caption noting that “the right to make decisions about our own bodies and lives – a right we have had for nearly 50 years – has been snatched from us by this new Supreme Court, a court whose personal beliefs are NOT shared by the vast majority of Americans. I am one of those Americans.”
She then called out the groups she was associated with (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Working Family’s Party, Reverend Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign, Catholics for Choice, the National Council of Jewish Women, Mi Familia Vota, the Center for Popular Democracy Action and NARAL) and said: “I can think of no better way to use my privilege and voice than to reinforce the message that physical autonomy IS a human right, as it is REALLY exactly the same as the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of of happiness. We need to make sure it applies to all of us. This is the fight of a lifetime, everyone. It won’t be short, easy, or without setbacks. But we MUST keep showing up and taking action. *You must. I promise I will.”
She concluded by saying, “I DON’T KNOW WHO SHOULD HEAR THIS BUT WE HAVE TO SHOW THE FUCK UP NOW.”
The struggle for physical autonomy is not new to Philipps. She has often spoken of the abortion she had at age 15, noting, “It’s not brave of me to… [discuss it]because it’s a medical thing – a thing, a choice I made, and I don’t regret it at all.”
In 2019, after Alabama passed heavily restrictive abortion measures in that state, she popularized the #YouKnowMe hashtag and encouraged women to discuss and therefore demystify their abortions.
Shortly thereafter, she spoke before the House Justice Subcommittee. When the Republican Congressman from Texas Louis Gohmert Tried to trip her up with tricky questions about someone surviving a saline abortion in 1977, she reminded lawmakers that even though she “played a doctor on television, sir, I’m not actually a doctor.” As he continued to press, she sharply reminded him, “I’m not talking about birth, sir, I’m talking about abortion.”
Philipps’ shirt, which promises to “help and encourage abortion,” is becoming an increasingly prominent topic of conversation. On Friday, Planned Parenthood in Montana, a state where abortion remains legal, announced that it will now limit medical measures to terminate pregnancy for people coming from out of state. They will continue to provide procedures for everyone, but will not distribute abortion pills to non-Montanans. The concern is that if someone takes the medication back in their home state (like the particularly hardline Texas), they may be legally guilty. Abortion pills are currently the most common way to terminate a pregnancy.