Philipps documented her arrest for “crowding, obstructing or incommoding” on social media, with the actress sitting with a group of protestors in an intersection near the Supreme Court. U.S. Capitol. Police issued a “third and final warning” to protestors before making arrests, with Philipps one of the 181 people detained.
“On Friday, the right to make decisions about our own bodies and lives – a right we’ve had for almost 50 years – was ripped away from us by this new Supreme Court, a Court whose personal belief’s are NOT shared by the vast majority of Americans. I am one of those Americans,” Philipps wrote in the caption of Thursday’s video.
“I was proud to stand today alongside Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Working Family’s Party, Reverend Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign, Catholic’s for Choice, The National Council of Jewish Women, mi Familia Vota, the Center For Popular Democracy Action, and NARAL in an action of peaceful civil disobedience to let lawmakers but more importantly, the people who will be most impacted by this outrageous decision, know that we will not back down, we will not give in and we will not stop fighting until there is equality for all Americans.”
In a clip posted by Vice News, Philipps — wearing an “I Will Aid and Abet Abortion” shirt — was asked while police were detaining her why she came out to protest. “Equality,” she said.
— VICE News (@VICENews) June 30, 2022
In 2019, Philipps shared her own abortion story on her late-night show, revealing that she underwent the procedure when she was 15 years old.
“The statistic is one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’ Well, you know me,” she said at the time (via ET). “I had an abortion when I was 15 years old, and I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over this country. And I think that we all need to be talking more and sharing our stories more.”