A woman recently commented on Jessica Chastain’s Instagram, criticizing the actress for her pro-choice stance. And in response, Chastain donated $2,000 to the woman’s fertility fund.
On International Women’s Day, Chastain posted a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt stamped with the phrase, “We Should All Be Feminists” — a reference to the famed essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Commenting on the image, one Karin H. Schulz wrote, “Yes feminist that believe in God and stand up for The Unborn. I would be for that kind of feminist.”
Rather than ignore Schulz’s comment, Chastain took the time to acknowledge her stance — and to empathize with her fertility struggles. Schulz’s Instagram account includes a link to her GoFundMe page, which explains that she and her husband, Jeremy, have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for several years.
“My hormone levels and egg quality aren’t the best, due to my age,” Schulz writes. “We found out that we would need help to become pregnant. It was very disheartening to hear these results. I felt like I had failed Jeremy.”
The necessary treatments, Schulz goes on to say, are not covered by the couple’s insurance. “The idea of having us to go into debt to become pregnant made me so, so sad,” she writes.
In response to Schulz’s comment on her photo, Chastain said, “Yes you can decide what is right for you. I am pro-choice and I believe that everyone has the right to make their own decision. I read about your journey to become a mother and it broke my heart. I hope that your dream will come true in 2018! Much love to you.”
Chastain also donated $2,000 to Schulz’s GoFundMe. “You’ll be wonderful parents who teach love by example,” she wrote in a comment. “Someday youll hold your baby. Dont give up ❤..”
As of Tuesday, Schulz’s goal of raising $5,000 had nearly been reached. She acknowledged Chastain’s act of kindness, along with the some of the others who have donated in a followup post on the GoFundMe page. “Thanks to Jessica, Rachel, Matt Liz and so many more. Thank you so very much!!” she wrote. In the comments section, several people who donated mentioned that they did so because they’d read a news story about Chastain having done so first.
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