Twitter as a tool for sharing abortion stories

31 Jan

This tweet-stream is from a friend of mine @KnittingRad (named by permission). She posted it on Sunday 1/22/2012, the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, where she shared publicly for the first time that she’s had an abortion. I asked her permission to share it via the Abortion Gang, and she enthusiastically agreed

I feel strongly that more women’s stories of having abortions need to be told, need to be heard. We need to encourage each other as women to come out of the shadows, out of the shame, and out of the imposed stigma. It’s only by the sharing of our stories and asserting the rightness of those choices (especially when they include abortion) that we begin to dismantle the stigma of abortion.

I’m proud to know @KnittingRad; for this and many other reasons she’s a brave, fierce woman.



4 Responses to “Twitter as a tool for sharing abortion stories”

  1. JeninCanada January 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    KnittingRad is an awesome lady and I applaud her willingness to share. I too shared my abortion story via Twitter, but only bc none of my family follows me there. Most of my close friends know, but I’m still afraid of the hate I’d recieve if I went public on my blog. Twitter is such a great conversation starter, and keeper, but oh my the trolls get bad!

  2. meadowgirl January 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    if it wasn’t for Twitter- i would have NEVER realized how important and passionate i am about reproductive justice and rights, especially access for abortion. i always kinda just assumed that w/Roe v. Wade, abortion was legal so we didn’t have to WORRY. Dr. Tiller’s assassination was the first toe dipped in the water of the abortion community on twitter, then it just went from there. i decided to fucking cannonball (so to speak in crappy metaphors) into the waters and i’ve never regretted a second of that decision.

    i made amazing friends, supporters and just all around amazing tweeps bc of the prochoice/abortion/repro justice community from twitter. i am a different human being for it.

  3. MsMoneypenny January 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    That takes courage and I applaud them. To be silent is to threaten our choices. The so-called “pro-life” gang is anything but. They firebomb clinics. They kill doctors and other medical personnel. All for a zygote. And when THEY have children, I’d bet they are among the WORST parents. And these same wackos are against contraception too. Hello?

  4. Barbara February 6, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I recently told this to people on Facebook. I had mine when I was 16. I’ll be 45 in a few days. It took me YEARS to admit it out loud, even though I am actively pro-choice, was on the board of the local PP and have volunteered there. The first time I told the story was at a board meeting where I worked. It was liberating. And it took me until I was 41. I think more of us who have had abortions should speak up so that we take away the stigma.

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