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Jenny Mollen has revealed she suffered a miscarriage during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 43-year-old actress and her American Pie star husband Jason Biggs, 44, were secretly expecting a baby but tragically lost their unborn child.
Jenny revealed that she needed a dilation and curettage (D&C) – a procedure to remove tissue from inside the uterus – and care for an abortion, which is now illegal in some states.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Jenni shared photos from her pregnancy and revealed that she was inspired to speak out after Chrissy Teigen recently revealed she lost baby son Jack in September 2020 following a life-saving abortion.
Tragic: Jason Biggs’ wife Jenny Mollen reveals she suffered a miscarriage during the pandemic and needed abortion care as she talks about Roe v Wade (pictured in 2019)
Jenni wrote on Instagram: “When @chrissyteigen posted that I had a miscarriage and was getting abortion care, I had to stop and think.
“Jason and I have experienced two miscarriages over the course of our relationship. The first was at the beginning of our relationship and the second was during the pandemic.
“Both times I needed DC [dilation and curettage] and received abortion care both times I was so grateful to live in a country where this was possible.
“I didn’t want this to happen. But thank goodness I was in such capable hands when it happened.
“I support @chrissyteigen and all the other brave women who are helping to bring attention to this critical issue. (sic)’
Outspoken: In an Instagram post on Thursday, Jenni shared photos from her pregnancy and revealed she was inspired to speak out after Chrissy Teigen revealed she had an abortion
Heartfelt: Jenny shared pictures of herself in hospital as she made an impassioned plea for women not to be silent in the abortion rights debate
Procedure: Jenny revealed she needed a dilation and curettage (D&C) – a procedure to remove tissue from the uterus – and care for an abortion, which is now illegal in some states
Amateur Night star Jenny also thanked fellow actress Busy Phillips for “training” her to speak out about abortion rights in the US.
She added: “Thank you @busyphilipps too for teaching me over and over why we shouldn’t be silent. Abortion rights affect us all.
“It’s important to understand that when we say abortions are life-saving and vital medical procedures, that’s part of what we’re talking about.
“Women in states with these extreme abortion bans CANNOT get this care, often forced to travel hours in pain and grief to other states. It is unconscionable for politicians who do not understand how our bodies work to introduce laws to control them (sic)”
Her comments come after the US Supreme Court in June of this year overturned Roe v. Wade, which previously protected women’s abortion rights.
In January 2019, Jenny opened up about her first miscarriage, which happened after she had been dating her now-husband Jason for eight months when she unexpectedly became pregnant.
Although she understands how upsetting it can be in different circumstances, Jenny – who now has sons Sid, eight, and Lazlo, four, with her husband – felt her miscarriage gave her “a chance to breathe”.
She said: “I ended up having a miscarriage but it was a weird thing that I wasn’t sad about. I mean, you can’t be… that’s the thing: I understand women who have tried forever, who want to have a baby, and then they’re sad because they miscarry.
“But since you’ve never had a child and you’re 27, 28 years old, a miscarriage can also be like a mitzvah. I was like, “Oh my God.” It gave me a chance to breathe.
Jenni said: “I support @chrissyteigen and all the other brave women who are helping to bring attention to this critical issue. (sic)’ (Chrissy pictured in September)
Earlier this month, Chrissy Teigen revealed that her late son Jack’s death was the result of a life-saving abortion, not a miscarriage as she initially claimed.
The wife of John Legend, 36, explained that she made the “difficult decision” to terminate the pregnancy at 20 weeks after coming to terms with the fact that she and Jack were likely to survive.
The couple previously said Jack died as a result of complications caused by partial placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta separates from the womb, depriving the baby of oxygen and causing severe bleeding in the mother.
Chrissy is currently pregnant with her and John’s fourth child. They share daughter Luna Simone, six, and son Miles Theodore, four.
She spoke candidly about accepting her abortion in 2020 while appearing at Proper Daily’s Day of Unreasonable Talk Summit in Beverly Hills.
Sweet: Amateur Night star Jenny also thanked fellow actress Busy Phillips for ‘training’ her to speak out about abortion rights in the US (pictured in September)
“Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John and my third child, I had to make some very difficult and heartbreaking decisions,” the star began.
“It became very clear halfway through that he wasn’t going to survive and that I wasn’t going to survive either without medical intervention.”
Although she had long thought Jack’s death was a miscarriage, Chrissy said her husband John helped her realize that she had actually miscarried.
The revelation came amid the Supreme Court’s shock decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which protected abortion rights, last June.
Chrissy admitted it was a “shock” for her.
“I fell silent, feeling strange that I hadn’t understood it that way. I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage.
“And I got really frustrated that I didn’t say what it was in the first place, and I felt stupid that it took me over a year to really know that we had a miscarriage,” she admitted.
Heartbreaking: Earlier this month, Chrissy revealed her late son Jack’s death was the result of a life-saving abortion, not a miscarriage as she initially claimed