• Hannah Gadsby has opened up about the abortion she had after being raped. (Getty Images North America)
Speaking as part of Variety's 'Pride' issue, Gadsby spoke out against the slate of new US anti-abortion laws.
Samuel Leighton-Dore

21 Jun 2019 - 10:45 AM  UPDATED 21 Jun 2019 - 1:20 PM

Tasmania-born comedian Hannah Gadsby has revealed that she had an abortion after being raped, a story she first shared in her critically acclaimed Nanette comedy special.

Speaking to Variety for the magazine's Pride issue, Gadsby addressed the subject of Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.

“They’re getting away with it because they’ve got into the branding really well. It’s not ‘pro-life,’” she said.

“What a stupid f*cking statement! I’m ‘pro-life,’ but I had an abortion. That sits very comfortably in my head as a duality.”

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The comedian continued, stating that if she'd been prohibited from getting an abortion when she was younger she “would be dead.”

“Had I been in that state, under these laws, under these politics at that time in my life, I would be dead. It’s as simple as that,” she said.

“I was assaulted, raped, and very, very vulnerable. How was I going to raise a child? I would have ended up dead. How is that pro-life? You can’t say women can’t have abortions and then provide absolutely no infrastructure to help them.”

Gadsby is currently touring her new show Douglas internationally.

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