“Did you fall down and hit your head and wake up in the 1950s?” Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts eloquently slams anti-choice legislators on the floor during a debate over the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.
More women than you realize have had abortions. Women you know personally, perhaps even someone in your family or a close friend. We’ve just been conditioned not to talk about it, partially because it’s considered TMI in most situations, but mostly because of the stigma. That internalized sense of shame is what keeps abortion a taboo issue. The New York Times has a pretty great run-down of why we should be more open about it all:
We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with their lives. We need to say that is their right, and, moreover, it’s good for everyone that they have this right: The whole society benefits when motherhood is voluntary. When we gloss over these truths we unintentionally promote the very stigma we’re trying to combat. What, you didn’t agonize? You forgot your pill? You just didn’t want to have a baby now? You should be ashamed of yourself.
The pro-choice movement can’t flourish unless we speak up. That’s why we started this site.