Hearing an uncensored abortion story articulated by an individual who has terminated a pregnancy provides an emotional boon that is impossible to achieve with statistics. The pro-choice movement needs that emotion.
This past weekend, the New York Times profiled a couple who talked openly about their shared abortion experience.
Both pro- and anti-choice activists often dwell on women’s reasons for abortion, even though they’re legally unimportant. Unfortunately, this discourse distracts from the real issue here, which is women’s basic right to bodily autonomy and self-determination.
The act of telling someone how, when, where, and why they should, or should not, share their personal experience is one deeply rooted in privilege.
Activists have taken to Amazon to write reviews of the hot pink sneakers that Wendy Davis wore during her infamous filibuster. Buried in the hundreds of reviews, some of which are very funny, are also some stories about abortion and reproductive rights.
To those of us left behind, we have to honor Dr. Tiller by working to make sure that abortion access is expanded, not curtailed.
How can we use all the data we have to create programs that actually make a dent in abortion stigma?
Rob Portman recently changed his mind about same-sex marriage after his son came out to him. Despite the stigma surrounding abortion, it’s time for the Portman women to speak out about any abortion stories they may have.
Abortion law in Thailand is very ambiguous, and as a result, I do most of my work helping women access safe abortion care out of the public eye. At a recent workshop, I responded to public requests for information on safe abortion by first confronting my own fears.
Abortion stigma is a form of gender discrimination and punishment, and it represents social control of both women who need abortions and providers who provide them.