Cynthia Nixon has opened up about her mother's illegal abortion, in an effort to highlight the bleak future some might face if the procedure were penalized or restrained again.
Nixon, 52, explained in a new video released on Tuesday as part of her candidacy for governor in New York that her mother, Anne Knoll Nixon, who died in 2013, had an abortion while it was still illegal in New York State. .
The candidate has made reproductive rights one of the cornerstones of her campaign, and has highlighted the dangers of illegal abortions several times in the past, including as part of her work as an activist before her candidacy for governor.
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Past: Cynthia Nixon spoke about her mother's illegal abortion in a new campaign video released on Tuesday as part of her candidacy for governor of New York
Talk: Nixon (pictured with her mother Anne Knoll Nixon in 2011), 52, explained that her mother, who died in 2013, told her when she was younger that she had illegally aborted.
"When I was old enough, my mother told me she had an abortion and had an abortion when it was illegal in New York," Nixon said in his new campaign video.
"He said it was a really horrible experience and I really did not want to talk about it in detail, but at the same time I could tell how important it was that he conveyed this information to me.
"I think that's also a forgotten part of that, what a deep and dark secret you have to keep."
Nixon also told how he attended his first reproductive rights event at the age of 13.
"It was a great kind of moment of feminine solidarity," he said. "It's an important issue in itself, but I also think it's really important as a marker." Do you support the rights of people to make decisions about their own lives?
Conversation: "He said it was a really horrible experience and he really did not want to talk about it in detail," Nixon said about his mother (in a file photo)
The candidate shared the video on her Instagram account on Wednesday as part of her campaign against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 53.
"With the confirmation hearings of #BrettKavanaugh in progress, I can not help thinking about my mother and the history of her illegal abortion," she wrote.
"We can never go back. #StopKavanaugh #SCOTUS & # 39;
During his tenure as judge, Kavanaugh, who was being questioned by Senate lawmakers on Wednesday, has not ruled directly on abortion, but has expressed sympathy for the legal arguments put forward by abortion advocates.
Last October, he was on a panel of judges that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained in Texas by US authorities. UU Obtain an abortion immediately. That decision was overturned by the full appeals court and she aborted.
In a 2017 speech, Kavanaugh praised several opinions written by former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, including his dissent in Roe v. Wade.
Mother-daughter: Nixon (pictured with her mother in 2004) said she could tell how important it was for her mother to tell her daughter about the illegal procedure
Previously: He also mentioned abortion at a rally in July, during which he held a coat rack as a way to warn about the dangers of illegal procedures.
Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing has strong political connotations before the November elections, but Democrats lack the votes to block his confirmation.
They fear that Kavanaugh will push the court to the right on abortion, weapons and other matters, and that he will ally with Trump in the cases stemming from Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016.
Kavanaugh could be the decisive vote to annul the 1973 decision. The court is currently divided four four in ideological lines.
Judge Anthony Kennedy, a conservative whom Kavanaugh would replace, disappointed conservatives by backing abortion rights in two key cases.
Conservatives expect Kavanaugh to seal a majority that would be willing, at least, to stop the right to abortion if he did not revoke Roe.
This is not the first time that Nixon talks about his mother's abortion. She mentioned it at a rally in July, during which she held a coat rack as a way to warn about the dangers of illegal procedures.
Platform: the candidate for governor (represented in the campaign in Brooklyn on Monday) has often spoken in support of reproductive rights
Judge: Nixon shared the video on his Instagram account on Wednesday as part of his campaign against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 53
Nixon also wrote about her mother's experience in a 2016 essay for Time magazine that defends abortion rights.
"More than 50 years ago, my mother had an abortion," she wrote.
"I was a working woman in New York City with an office job for Goodson and Todman, the producers of television shows that created everything from What's My Line to family enmity.
"She was never willing to tell me any details about her abortion, except to tell me she had one and it was horrible and scary."
Nixon added: "The abortion at that time was illegal and often insecure, many women at that time were so desperate that they tried to perform the abortion themselves, in some cases causing irreparable damage to their bodies." Some women died. He made me feel ashamed.
"I am deeply grateful that my mother has been able to obtain the abortion she needed without health complications, but I am embarrassed to contemplate what her experience must have been for not being able to talk about it, even decades later."