The late-night host egged Hawke on as she expressed her displeasure with the court turning over Roe v. Wade in a landmark decision last week. The 23-year-old star was discussing how she’d been talking to her mom about coming on the show, and how they discussed Thurman’s op-ed about her abortion that was published in The Washington Post in September 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We just got into talking about the Supreme Court ruling and this essay that my mom wrote a couple of months ago when they were putting these further restrictions on abortion access, and it was sort of preceding this whole thing,” Hawke told Fallon.
“My mom wrote this really beautiful essay about her abortion that she got when she was really young, and about how if she hadn’t have had it, she wouldn’t have become the person that she’d become, and I wouldn’t exist, and how both of my parents lives would’ve been totally derailed if she hadn’t had access to safe and legal health care, fundamental health care,” Hawke said.
“Of course, wealthy people will always be able to get abortions, but so many people, because of this ruling this week, will not only not be able to pursue their dreams, but actually lose their lives and be unsafe,” she continued. “And I just wanted to say that, like, f*** the Supreme Court.”
The crowd erupted into cheers at that line, which got bleeped out for the viewing audience. Fallon smiled and encouraged Hawke by confirming, “You can absolutely say that.”
She continued as the late-night host laughed. “I can say, ‘F*** the Supreme Court’? Oh, f*** the Supreme Court. Yeah, rock on. But we’re going to keep fighting, and we’re gonna win, like our grandmothers did.”
Fallon responded: “I appreciate you saying that. Thank you for saying that message.”
Thurman’s essay detailed how she had gotten pregnant in her “late teens” by an older man while working on a film project in Italy.
“The abortion I had as a teenager was the hardest decision of my life, one that caused me anguish then and that saddens me even now, but it was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced,” the “Kill Bill” star wrote at the time.