Maya Hawke has said that she ‘wouldn’t exist’ had her mother Uma Thurman not made the decision to get an abortion in her late teens.
The actress, 23, spoke on the subject during Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show in wake of the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.
The Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years by overturning Roe v Wade and handing back power to individual states to decide whether or not to permit the procedure.
Many celebrities – including Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Meghan Markle and Lily Allen – have voiced their opposition to the ruling and Maya has joined the ever-growing list of names and shared her concerns.
‘Both of my parents’ lives would’ve been totally derailed if she hadn’t had access to safe and legal health care — fundamental health care,’ she explained to host Jimmy Fallon.
‘Wouldn’t exist’: Maya Hawke says she ‘wouldn’t exist’ had her mother Uma Thurman not made the decision to get an abortion in her late teens; Uma and Maya pictured in 2019
Maya also referenced a ‘beautiful essay’ Thurman, 52, penned late last year in The Washington Post where she opposed Texas’ ban on abortions past the six-week mark.
In the op-ed, the Pulp Fiction star opened up about how her ‘darkest secret’ was having 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 opportunity 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 get abortion’, and that those in less privileged positions will be most affected by Roe v. Wade’s reversal.
Speaking out: The actress, 23, spoke on the subject during Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show in wake of the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade
‘So many people, because of this ruling this week, will not only not be able to pursue their dreams, but actually lose their lives and be unsafe,’ she said.
The Stranger Things star concluded her impassioned speech by issuing a strongly worded message to the United States Supreme Court.
‘And I just wanted to say that, like, f*** the Supreme Court,’ said Maya in a whisper as she turned to Fallon to see if it was alright for her to curse on air.
With the show host’s permission, Maya then turned to the in-studio audience and exclaimed: ‘Oh, f*** the Supreme Court! Yeah, rock on!’
The actress’ Tonight Show appearance was to promote the current season of her hit Netflix series Stranger Things, which will be releasing a new batch of episodes on July 1.
Maya is just one of many celebrities to speak out after the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v Wade following a 6-3 conservative majority vote last Friday.
Family: Thurman shares Maya, as well as 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 as they implored their fans to take action after the United States Supreme Court’s Friday ruling that overturned the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion rights.
Halsey said: ‘If you’re a man in this audience right now, and you’re sharing statistics on Instagram and infographics and saying, ‘That’s really f***** up,’ what you should do instead is you should be sharing stories about how you’ve benefited from abortion somehow.’
They continued: ‘The truth is that my heart breaks looking out into this audience because I see so many people who deserve to have incredible lives, who deserve the right to healthcare that they need, who deserve the right to choose themselves in a situation where there is a choice.
‘I look at every single one of you and I don’t ever want you to ever be in a situation where you won’t have access to that,’ the pop star said. ‘Some of the people I’m looking at right now are going to need an abortion one day, and you deserve that.’
‘Whether it’s a life-threatening situation or it’s not, you deserve it. And here in Arizona, you guys gotta promise me that you’re gonna do that work so that the person to the left of you and to the right of you 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 U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade
And at Glastonbury festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, musicians Olivia Rodrigo, Lily Allen, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish were among those to make emotional speeches about Roe v Wade’s reversal.
Speaking during her concert on Friday, Billie told the crowd: ‘Today is a really, really dark day for women in the US.
‘I’m just going to say that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer.’
She went onto dedicate her song Your Power, which was about older men who abuse their position, to everyone affected.
The 1973 landmark Roe v Wade ruling established a constitutional right to abortion, but after 49 years, that right will now be decided by the states.
The justices held that the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed abortions performed before a fetus would be viable outside the womb – between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy – was wrongly decided because the US Constitution makes no specific mention of abortion rights.
The decision, penned by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, said: ‘The Constitution does not confer a 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 the essential components of the Nation’s concept of ordered liberty, the Court finds the Fourteenth Amendment clearly does not protect the right to an abortion.’
Abortion was automatically outlawed in 18 US states as soon as Roe v. Wade was overturned, thanks to specially-devised ‘trigger laws’ and historic bans that were automatically reenacted after Friday’s ruling.
Emotional: At Glastonbury at Worthy Farm, Somerset, Olivia Rodrigo, Lily Allen, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish were among those to make speeches about Roe v Wade’s reversal