How can we, as members of the public, help to spread the awareness and acceptance of abortion rights in a more positive manner? How can we remove the stigma from abortion and turn it into an accepted process for all those involved?
A lot of the work to remove stigma towards those to access abortion resides in dialogue. It’s vital that we make talking about abortion easy for those who wish to discuss. It’s a completely legitimate and legal medical procedure and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. In fact, 1 in 3 will have an abortion by age 45. Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion. It’s possible they just don’t know it yet. When you hear people talking about abortion, especially in a negative way, remind them to have compassion and support for people who are making the best decision for themselves and their lives. Remind them that people in their lives have had an abortion and they need to know that they are loved and supported.
It’s super common. I think seeing more people come forward with their abortion stories and having conversations about how universal this need is shows us that it isn’t something to be afraid of. Being mindful of others and making sure we unpack a lot of the stigmatizing language while continuing to be inclusive of our trans and gender nonconforming siblings can do a whole lot to support those who need it!
There are lots of ways you can proactively help spread awareness and acceptance of abortion rights!
First, learn more about legal abortion and how a woman’s ability to control when and whether to have children is important for economic security and educational opportunities. Another way is to donate or volunteer for your local abortion fund to help those in need cover the cost of legal abortion. You can learn more about that at www.fundabortionnow.org. Another group to check out is Shout Your Abortion, that is encouraging people to share their abortion stories (their hashtag is #ShoutYourAbortion) in order to fight stigma and show that abortion is safe, legal health care that 1 in 3 women will access in her lifetime. Also, you can urge your lawmakers to support access to safe, legal, and affordable abortion by rejecting harmful state bills intended to restrict access to abortion. You can also call or email your Members of Congress and tell them to repeal the Hyde amendment, which has blocked access to abortion coverage for low-income women for 40 years, and to support legislation that would expand access to abortion for more women. As we work to reduce abortion stigma in the public, we need our laws to make sure everyone is able to access their right to safe, legal abortion. And don’t forget to VOTE for candidates that support your views at the federal, state and local levels. Make sure your friends vote, too. The future of abortion rights depends on it!!