Stranger Things star Maya Hawke has spoken out about the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade, revealing that she "wouldn't exist" if her mum, Uma Thurman, didn't have an abortion as a teen.
Speaking on The Tonight Show, 23-year-old Maya told host Jimmy Fallon that she'd had an honest chat with her actor mother Uma (best known for Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction) about the change in access to abortion that's occurred in the US over the past week.
"I called my mom to ask for advice today about coming in to talk to you," she said, referencing an op-ed that Uma wrote last year for the Washington Post in which she revealed she had an abortion as a teenager after being "accidentally impregnated by a much older man."
Going into detail about the chat she had with her mum, Maya added: "We just got into talking about the Supreme Court ruling and this essay that my mom wrote a couple months ago when they were putting these further restrictions on abortion access, sort of preceding this whole thing."
She continued, "If she hadn't had it [the abortion], she wouldn't have become the person that she had become, and I wouldn't exist. Both of my parents' lives would have been derailed if she hadn't have had access to safe and legal healthcare — fundamental healthcare."
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Talking about the implications that the overturning of Roe v Wade will have, Maya pointed out that, "wealthy people will always be able to get abortions, but so many people, because of this ruling, will not only not be able to pursue their dreams, but actually lose their lives and be unsafe."
Her comments echo that of mum Uma, who revealed that – despite being the "hardest decision" of her life – she would not have the life she has now if she'd been unable to access safe abortion, something which millions of people in the US currently face.
"[It] caused me anguish then and that saddens me even now, but it was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced," she wrote. "Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be."
In a final message on Roe v Wade being overturned, Maya said to Jimmy: "So I just wanted to say, f**k the Supreme Court. But we're going to keep fighting it, and we're going to win, like our grandmothers did."
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