Uma Thurman’s daughter Maya Hawke says she ‘wouldn’t exist’ if her mother hadn’t had an abortion
Maya Hawke has said she “wouldn’t exist” if her late teen mother Uma Thurman hadn’t made the decision to have an abortion.
The actress, 23, spoke on the topic on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show in the wake of the recent Supreme Court annulment of the Roe v Wade ruling of 1973.
The Supreme Court overturned the constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years by overthrowing Roe v Wade and returning the power to individual states to decide whether or not to allow the procedure.
Many celebrities – including Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Meghan Markle and Lily Allen – have expressed opposition to the ruling, and Maya has joined the ever-growing list of names and shared her concerns.
“Both my parents’ lives would have been completely derailed if she hadn’t had access to safe and legal health care – basic health care,” she explained to host Jimmy Fallon.
‘Wouldn’t exist’: Maya Hawke says she ‘wouldn’t exist’ if her late teen mother Uma Thurman hadn’t made the decision to have an abortion; Uma and Maya pictured in 2019
Maya also referred to a “wonderful essay” Thurman, 52, written late last year in The Washington Post where she opposed the Texas ban on abortions after the six-week mark.
In the op-ed, the Pulp Fiction star shared how her “darkest secret” was an abortion as a teenager after having sex with a “much older man.”
Thurman – who has since welcomed three children – admitted the “hard” decision gave her the chance to “grow up and become the mother she is today.”
Thurman shares Maya, as well as son Levon Roan, 20, with her ex-husband Ethan Hawke, 51. She is also a mother to her daughter Luna from her relationship with French financier Arpad Busson.
Speaking about her own mother’s experience and the ruling, Maya explained that “wealthy people will always be able to have abortions,” and those in disadvantaged positions will be most affected by Roe v. Wade’s reversal.
Speaking: The 23-year-old actress spoke up on the subject on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show in the wake of the recent Supreme Court quashing of Roe v. Wade.
“With this week’s ruling, so many people will not only be unable to pursue their dreams, but will lose their lives and be unsafe,” she said.
The Stranger Things star concluded her impassioned speech with a powerfully worded message to the United States Supreme Court.
“And I just wanted to say that, like, f*** the Supreme Court,” Maya said in a whisper, turning to Fallon to see if it was okay for her to swear into the air.
With the host’s permission, Maya then turned to the studio audience and exclaimed, “Oh, f*** the Supreme Court! Yes, go on!’
The actress’ appearance on Tonight Show was to promote the current season of her hit Netflix series Stranger Things, which will release a new set of episodes on July 1.
Maya is just one of many celebrities to speak out following the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss Roe v Wade after a conservative 6-3 majority last Friday.
Family: Thurman shares Maya, as does son Levon Roan, 20, with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, 51. Hawke and Thurman pictured in 2002
Last night, Halsey was seen walking across the stage pleading with their fans to take action following Friday’s United States Supreme Court ruling overturning the historic Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion rights overturned.
Halsey said: “Now if you’re a guy in this audience, and you’re sharing stats on Instagram and infographics and saying, ‘That’s really f*****,’ what you should do instead is your stories share about how you have somehow benefited from abortion.”
They continued: “The truth is, watching this audience breaks my heart because I see so many people who deserve an incredible life, who deserve the right to the health care they need, who deserve the right to choose for themselves in a situation where there is a choice.
“I’m looking at all of you and I don’t want you ever to be in a situation where you can’t access that,” the pop star said. “Some of the people I’m looking at right now will one day need an abortion, and you deserve it.”
“Whether it’s a life-threatening situation or not, you deserve it. And here in Arizona you have to promise me that you’re going to do that work so that the person on your left and on your right has that right for the rest of their lives.”
Anger: Abortion rights supporters protest at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson on Tuesday, June 28, after the US Supreme Court overthrown Roe v. Wade
And at Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset, musicians Olivia Rodrigo, Lily Allen, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish were among those giving emotional speeches about Roe v Wade’s turnaround.
During her concert on Friday, Billie told the audience, “Today is a very, very dark day for women in the US.
“I’m just saying that because I can’t think about it anymore.”
She dedicated her song Your Power, which was about older men abusing their position, to everyone involved.
The landmark Roe v Wade ruling of 1973 established a constitutional right to abortion, but after 49 years, that right will now be decided by the states.
The judges ruled that Roe v. Wade’s decision permitting abortions performed before a fetus would be viable outside the womb — between 24 and 28 weeks gestation — was wrongly made because the U.S. Constitution makes no specific mention of abortion rights. .
The decision, written by conservative judge Samuel Alito, said: “The Constitution does not grant the right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.
“Guided by the history and tradition that map out the essential components of the nation’s concept of ordered freedom, the Court finds that the Fourteenth Amendment clearly does not protect the right to abortion.”
Abortion was automatically banned in 18 US states once Roe v. Wade was quashed, thanks to specially designed “trigger laws” and landmark bans that were automatically reintroduced after Friday’s ruling.
Emotional: At Glastonbury at Worthy Farm, Somerset, Olivia Rodrigo, Lily Allen, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish were among those giving speeches about the turnaround of Roe v Wade