When Brittany Mostiller shared her abortion story in November as part of a 1 in 3 Campaign abortion speak-out, she talked about how the economic challenges she was facing informed her decision to have an abortion.
All too often, people become fed up with the narratives told about them, and the weight of keeping that secret is far heavier and outweighs that of speaking out.
How would it be “demeaning” to talk about abortion in a sitcom about a gynecologist’s office?
“Congrats on killing your baby. Nice job,” the first Facebook post said. It had seven “likes.”
“From my perspective, what is amazing about this story is that the abortion is not the beginning or end of the story—the way we usually tell abortion stories.”
Abortions were something I knew other people had—a right I supported, but I stayed out of the conversation in case someone would find me out.
Two stories really struck me, the first an allegory about rape and the shame forced upon survivors.
The shame that is associated with abortion and other difficult reproductive health decisions forces women to display an act of grieving whether they feel that way or not.