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24th Feb 2023

Paris Hilton says shame prevented her from sharing her abortion experience

Sarah McKenna Barry

“I didn’t want to talk about it because there was so much shame around it.”

Last year, the overturning of Roe v Wade – a landmark abortion ruling in the United States – jeopardised the bodily autonomy of millions of women.

Since then, a number of high profile women have been speaking out about their own experiences with abortion, and the latest to do so is Paris Hilton.

In an interview with Glamour, Paris said that she had an abortion when she was in her 20s, but never spoke about it until now due to “shame”.

“This was also something that I didn’t want to talk about because there was so much shame around that,” she said. “I was a kid and I was not ready for that.”

She then spoke against restrictive abortion law, saying: “It’s a woman’s body. Why should there be a law around that?

“It’s your body, your choice and I really believe in that. It’s mind-boggling to me that they’re making laws about what you do with your reproductive health, because if it were the other way around with the guys, it would not be this way at all.”

Last month, Paris and her partner Carter Reum welcomed their first child together via surrogate. The couple decided to name the baby boy Phoenix Barron Hilton Reum.

Revealing the name while promoting her new book, Paris said: “My beautiful baby boy’s name is Phoenix Barron Hilton Reum. We plan to name him Phoenix, a name that I decided years ago.

“When I was searching cities, countries, and states on a map, looking for something to go with Paris and London.

“Phoenix has a few good pop culture reference points, but more importantly it’s a bird that flames out and then rises from the ashes to fly again.”

“I want my son to grow up knowing that triumph and disaster go around and come around throughout our lives, and that this should give us great hope for the future.

“Carter and I are so proud to welcome him into the world.”

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