'The Good Place' Star Jameela Jamil on Why Having an Abortion Was the 'Best Decision I Have Ever Made'

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The Good Place star Jameela Jamil has opened up about having an abortion when she was younger.

The 33-year-actress, who plays Tahani on the NBC series, took to social media on Tuesday to explain her decision.

"I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn't want, and wasn't ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially,” she tweeted. “So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel."

Jamil then added that she didn’t see any problem with babies ending up in foster homes, but was concerned about potential issues stemming from overcrowding of such homes.

“Ps … this isn't any diss at ALL to foster homes," she wrote. "I'm in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all."

Jamil’s tweets about the topic started with the actress posting an article about Georgia’s new anti-abortion law.

“This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist,’ she wrote.

While some people replied to her thread by saying how “incredibly courageous” she was and thanking her for speaking out, others weren’t so kind, prompting Jamil to fire back on Instagram.

“I don’t give a flying f**k what you think of my decision,” she wrote in caps. “My body. My choice.”

“I’m so stunned that our world is not only behind, it’s moving backwards,” she added further into her post. “This hurts my heart in so many different ways, and in particular as a rape victim. I can’t imagine having fallen pregnant and being FORCED BY LAW to carry his baby to term, and see someone who looked like him every day, otherwise I can get the death penalty?!”

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I DON’T GIVE A FLYING FUCK WHAT YOU THINK OF MY DECISION. MY BODY. MY CHOICE. This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist. I’m so stunned that our world is not only behind, it’s moving backwards. This hurts my heart in so many different ways, and in particular as a rape victim. I can’t imagine having fallen pregnant and being FORCED BY LAW to carry his baby to term, and see someone who looked like him every day, otherwise I can get the death penalty?! How do we help the women of Georgia? And Northern Ireland where this nightmare is ongoing.

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