Elizabeth Banks, Dascha Polanco, Retta and Others Narrate Women's Abortion Stories

In a series of videos for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Elizabeth Banks, Dascha Polanco, and Retta among others narrate the abortion stories of American women. The stories, submitted by women across America, show the continued importance of abortion access. The series—called Draw the Line Monologues—nicely illustrates both the incredibly complicated and often simple reasons that women choose to have an abortion.


Banks tells the story of a woman named Rebecca. Rebecca, a freshman in college, is recently free of an abusive relationship when she finds out that she’s pregnant. With the support of friends, she decides to have an abortion.

Here’s Orange Is the New Black’s Dascha Polanco telling Kayleigh’s story:

And the wonderful Retta with Rosario’s story:


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I appreciate that there is a typical, “wrong time, wrong circumstances” abortion story included here. While dramatic partner abuse or fetal abnormality stories are valid, they are often the only types of stories offered in support of abortion. The vast majority of abortions are for women who are accidentally pregnant and don’t want to be, and so choose to terminate the pregnancy.

People who say “abortion is not birth control” are wrong. Abortion absolutely is birth control. Abortion is not contraception, which most women would surely prefer. In absence of contraception, abortion controls birth.

And the decision to abort is a right that does not need to be justified to anyone but the woman herself. Full stop.