By sharing their stories, young people are creating spaces where we as a society can think about issues in terms of people’s realities and not political debates. Stories dispel myths, break down stereotypes, humanize issues, and invoke empathy and urgency, inspiring people who heard them to take action.
Many highly trained physicians provide abortion care, so why do abortion providers continue to be stereotyped as substandard doctors?
If I heard this story about anyone else, even then, I would have zero hesitation in applying the label “rape.” But at the time, and for a long time afterword, I was unable to view my own rape for what it actually was.
How do the intersections between adoption, poverty, race, and class play out today?
Worldwide, roughly 43 million women have an abortion each year. Yet these same women face stigma, a form of social control used to dehumanize, devalue, and isolate them. Providers are grappling with effective ways to reduce abortion stigma.
We should understand women who have had multiple abortions through their individual life experiences rather than judging them based on their pregnancy history.
We know what we think about the Hyde Amendment. But what do women who are on Medicaid, the very people who are most affected by Hyde, think about the restrictions it places on their insurance coverage?
Twenty states now have laws prohibiting gender discrimination against LGBT people. However, that still means that 30 states do not.
When we rely on a relief/regret dichotomy to define women’s emotional experiences after their abortions, we leave little room for the complexity inherent in women’s reproductive lives.
We will only be able to get people into treatment early, and retain them in treatment, if we finally move from rhetoric to real action on HIV and human rights.