The executive directors of the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Care Network discuss the challenges and opportunities they have faced so far as leaders of abortion access organizations in the context of one of the most hostile cultural and political climates since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
Since the video Letts shot of her abortion went viral, the reactions have been varied: There are people who need help resolving their feelings after an abortion, and ostensibly pro-choice people who’ve chided her, saying she isn’t a perfect spokesperson for the cause since she acknowledged that she wasn’t using birth control when she got pregnant.
Terry Beresford, who died last week in Virginia, made monumental contributions to abortion care in the United States. Her death offers the occasion to both celebrate her work, and also to appraise the current status of the field she helped create.
At its 2014 conference this week, the Abortion Care Network honored “outstanding individuals and organizations whose support and care for women in the abortion experience is exemplary,” including RH Reality Check President and Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson.
Like so much journalism, the Time magazine article seemed determined to focus on conflict and failure, rather than on the extraordinary energy and transformative gifts of the movement for women’s reproductive choice have yielded over these past 40 years.
Can we frame the abortion debate in new ways while using a more compassionate religious lens?