Sharon Stone recently shared that she experienced nine miscarriages, then proceeded to conflate her experience with “violently oppressive” ideology, seemingly referencing the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The Emmy Award-winning actress posted her personal story in response to a People article about Petra Murgatroyd going public with her own miscarriage.
“We, as females don’t have a forum to discuss the profundity of this loss. I lost nine children by miscarriage. It is no small thing, physically nor emotionally yet we are made to feel it is something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure,” Stone wrote in an Instagram comment.
“Instead of receiving the much needed compassion and empathy and healing which we so need. Female health and wellness left to the care of the male ideology has become lax at best, ignorant in fact, and violently oppressive in effort,” she continued.
Stone is one of many celebrities opening up about miscarriage and hoping to reduce the stigma associated with that experience. Recently, Britney Spears posted about losing a baby in the early stages of pregnancy.
“‘It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that we have lost our miracle baby early in the pregnancy,’” she and then-fiance Sam Asghari wrote in a post on social media. “‘This is a devastating time for any parent. Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along, however we were overly excited to share the good news.’”
Stone’s announcement was a little different, however, as it seemed to equate miscarriage with abortion.
Stone had previously admitted to having a secret abortion at the age of 18. She told People, “‘I was bleeding all over the place and far worse than I should have been, but this was a secret and I had no one to tell,’” she said. “‘So I stayed in my room and bled for days. I was weak and scared and then just weak.’”
She said later that she burned her bloody clothes and sheets in a barrel and went back to her college classes. Stone also sang praises of her local Planned Parenthood, saying, “‘This, above all else, saved me: that someone, anyone, could talk to me, educate me,’” she wrote. “‘No one ever had, about anything.’”