We had a powerful event where people shared their abortion stories and supported each other. We worked very hard to create a safe space to hear how different every person’s abortion experience can be.
Every one entering our speakout signed a pledge to be supportive, not engage in shaming behavior or use judgmental language and to keep confidential all the stories told.
Because of that promise, I am not going to write about all the different types of people who spoke or about the stories told. Holding that space still reminds me of the value of Trusting People.
Honoring the fact that just because abortion is a normal part of our lives does not mean these moments of transition do not challenge our beliefs, or make us grow; giving us time to pause and hopefully validate our strengths.
1 in 3 American people with a uterus will have an abortion in their lifetime, half world wide. The sooner we recognize that abortion is a normal part of our reproductive lives the better. The sooner we ensure safe, clean, supportive abortion services to the whole world the sooner we can prove that what happens to individual people matter.
Jill Stanick wants to ask what does choice really mean. I think it means public funding of abortions at 6 weeks, at 12 weeks at 20 weeks, at 24 weeks.
I think the right to parent our children even if we are poor is included in choice.
I think the right to not be forced into cesarean and medicalized birth is included in the right to choose.
I think the right to be unapologetically queer is part of Reproductive Justice.
Choice includes access to comprehensive sex education, birth control and emergency contraception.
Choice means addressing privilege and dismantling rape culture and racism.
Supporting and normalizing the right to access abortion services gives us all more room to build community where the lives of the disadvantage are not denied dignity and respect.