Hollywood star Ashley Judd has revealed why she chose to have an abortion after becoming a victim of rape.
Judd, 50, spoke at Tina Brown's 10th annual Women in the World Summit on Thursday.
Abortion was legalized nationwide in 1973 after a landmark Supreme Court decision and which conservative lawmakers want to abolish. Now, Georgia's Republican-controlled legislature passed a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. A heartbeat can be detected even before a woman realizes that she is pregnant - which grossly limits a woman's right to choose.
Judd was a victim of incest and rape.
"As everyone knows, and I'm very open about it, I'm a three-time rape survivor. And one of the times I was raped, there was conception, and I'm very thankful I was able to access safe and legal abortion," Judd said. "Because that rapist, who is a Kentuckian, as am I, and I reside in Tennessee, has paternity rights in Kentucky and Tennessee. I would have had to co-parent with a rapist."
Judd, who was also allegedly a victim of shamed Hollywood exec, Harvey Weinstein, spoke of the horrific encounter.
"I told the story of Harvey's sexual harassment of me the moment after it happened," Judd said at the summit. "My dad was with me and I came down to the hotel lobby and he still says to this day that he could tell from the look on my face that something devastating had happened…I told everybody about it, but no one was able or willing to listen. That was in June 1996."