After Busy Philipps opened up about her abortion on TV, a friend saw an opportunity for a bigger conversation about reproductive rights. Valeriya Safronova of The New York Times report.

As Alabama enacted a law this week that would ban almost all abortions in the state, actress Busy Philipps felt compelled to take action. "Women deserve compassion and understanding in their personal health choices," Philipps, 39, said Wednesday. "This is something a lot of people experience and go through in their lives, and it's a health care decision like many health care decisions."

Just a week earlier she had opened