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Women Who Have Abortions Are ‘Not Alone': A Q&A With Abortion Story Advocate Beth Matusoff Merfish

Founders of Not Alone: (from left to right) Brett, Sherry, and Beth Matusoff Merfish

RH Reality Check recently spoke with Beth Matusoff Merfish, co-founder (with her sister, Brett, and mother, Sherry) of Not Alone about how her organization combats abortion stigma through storytelling. As Merfish explains, these stories have the potential to “open people’s minds” and hearts.

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You Won’t Believe What Happened When This Texan Decided to Talk About Abortion

Abortion stigma is a problem that is not unique to Texas.

Despite the work I do, I’ve been contributing to abortion stigma by not always speaking plainly about the work that I do. I’ve been afraid of starting arguments, of offending friends and family members, of ostracizing myself as the abortion lady. A few months ago, I decided to change that.

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‘Obvious Child’ Changes the Rom-Com Game

Obvious Child, written and directed by Gillian Robsepierre, opens in theaters Friday.

Obvious Child‘s treatment of abortion as an important moment in both the development of the main character and her romantic relationship is just one of the beautiful ways the film—a raunchy joke-fest with an undeniably humanistic heart—deals with women’s choices and power.

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Four Ways to Create Culture Change Around Abortion

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Culture change is distinct from policy change and health-care access, but it’s just as important. It’s difficult to imagine long-term policy gains without doing the hard work to change norms, beliefs, and behavior.

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What Happens When We Share Our Abortion Stories: Hate, Vitriol, But Also Love

No matter how anyone feels about abortion, no one deserves the abhorrent comments that are flung at women who share their stories.

Because of an article I wrote about my abortion story, people I’ve never met requested that I kill myself, get raped, die in childbirth, and be sterilized. But I also received love and support from friends and allies, and I’d love to see a whole movement emerge telling people who share their abortion stories: #YouAreLoved.

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Who’s to Blame When a Woman Experiences Abortion Regret?

Iowa legislators want to pass a law allowing women to sue abortion providers if they regret their abortions. Why not let women sue the people who actually caused the regret—the people who shamed and guilted them about the abortion—instead?

Iowa legislators want to pass a law allowing women to sue abortion providers if they regret their abortions. Why not let women sue the people who actually caused the regret—the people who shamed and guilted them about the abortion—instead?

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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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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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One in Three: Silenced Stories of Survivors of Sexual Assault and Women Who Have Abortions

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This year marks the 15th Anniversary of V-day and the 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade. So I thought it would be appropriate to draw a connection between the silenced stories of the 1 in 3 women worldwide who have experienced physical and sexual violence and the silenced stories of 1 in 3 women in the United States who will have an abortion in their lifetime.

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