Abortion has been a “bad” word since prior to Roe v. Wade because conservative legislators and society at large want to make women ashamed to talk about wanting or needing to end a pregnancy.
Abortion is often talked about as a woman’s choice; however, for the majority of women who seek to terminate a pregnancy it is not just about choice but survival because they already have children they can barely take care of, they are in an abusive relationship, or they have been sexually assaulted etc.
EVERY story and decision is different because every woman is different; and she should feel comfortable to make whatever decision is right for her and her family.
Some people may say that even though they are pro-choice, they don’t think it is right for women to feel proud and confident about the decisions that they have made. However, I would again say that it is every woman’s individual choice on how to express herself on the issue of abortion.
I also believe that by whispering it, then we are perpetuating abortion stigma and the myth that abortion is inherently bad or evil. Abortion is necessary healthcare. Women have been having abortions since the beginning of time and will continue to have them – the question is whether or not they will be safe.
In most developed nations, healthcare is not tied to political ideology, and abortion is therefore not the political issue that it is here in America. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists view abortion as an important procedure that must be included among the reproductive healthcare services available to women.
We don’t whisper about any other medical procedure or right, so we shouldn’t have to whisper about abortion. 1 in 3 women will obtain an abortion in her lifetime so this is not a rare procedure – it is a needed medical procedure that is safer than having colposcopy.
It is up to every individual woman who has had an abortion on how she wants to discuss or not discuss the issue, but we shouldn’t shame women who want to speak about their abortion any more than we shame women who have the procedure and don’t tell anyone.
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