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The Second Lady’s Abortion: What ‘House of Cards’ Got Right… and Didn’t

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in the Netflix drama "House of Cards"

Unlike other televised representations of abortion experiences, House of Cards pulls back the curtain on the complex internal processes and external actions taken by many who have had abortions.

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The Pro-Choice Movement Needs More Abortion Stories

Last week, my Students for Choice Chapter at the University of Michigan – partnered with the 1 in 3 Campaign – attempted to harness the latent power of abortion stories by hosting our first-ever Abortion Speak Out.

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.

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An Abortion Story Both Radical and Ordinary

Faith Rein with Udonis Haslem.

This past weekend, the New York Times profiled a couple who talked openly about their shared abortion experience.

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Every Reason for an Abortion Is a Good Reason

(From the left) Bill O'Reilly, Kirsten Powers, and Kate Obenshain.

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.

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Why I Share My Abortion Story, But Am Not Pro-Voice

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.

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.

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How Wendy Davis—And an Amazon Reviews Page—Helped Women Share Their Abortion Stories

When we hear abortion stories and see those who stand up proudly and share their truth, others know that they can do it as well.

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.

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In Memory of Dr. Tiller, on the Fourth Anniversary of His Death

Dr. George Tiller at a conference in April 2009, one month before his death.

To those of us left behind, we have to honor Dr. Tiller by working to make sure that abortion access is expanded, not curtailed.

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Making Progress Toward Destigmatizing Abortion

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How can we use all the data we have to create programs that actually make a dent in abortion stigma?

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Where Are the Portman Women? Anti-Choicers and the Women They Love

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.

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.

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Fighting Abortion Stigma in Thailand While Fighting My Own Fears

The workshop on unplanned pregnancy prevention organized by the Police Housewife Association and the Bangkok Police department.

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.

 

 

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