Quick 2nd post.

Jezebel tells me there’s a new hashtag making the rounds in the Twitterverse, #ihadanabortion. I would really encourage pro-choice women who want to weigh in with their abortion experience to do so. I’m convinced it’s vital for us to be as open and honest as we can about our own experiences, both to encourage a healthier debate, and to help dissipate the shame and fear that cloud so many women’s lives as they make their own choice (or look back on a choice already made).

Here’s a post I put up about a year ago on the topic, I’ve had an abortion, in which I quote Jeffrey Toobin quoting Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the topic:

…as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg observed not long ago, abortion rights “center on a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature.” Every diminishment of that right diminishes women.


  1. This is a great idea. I quickly perused the thread, and it’s a shame that there are the naysayers, but only to be expected, I know.

  2. dmf

     /  November 11, 2010

    with all of the new conservatives/republicans in state offices this is really going to come to a head and we need to reach out to folks in kansas and elsewhere.

  3. debbie

     /  November 11, 2010

    Similarly, women need to speak up on behalf of Planned Parenthood. They do so much for women’s health care, education, and advocacy, yet they’re constantly demonized for the abortion services they provide (which represent a very small percentage of their work). Even NPOs who support Planned Parenthood’s efforts get smeared, Kommen’s Race for the Cure being just one example.

    It’s important to speak up for the right to have an abortion, but advocating for what can reduce the numbers of abortions is just as important.

  4. Momkat of Apple Valley

     /  November 13, 2010

    A few months ago, my 94-year old mother told me off-handedly that she had had an abortion. She had 3 children plus one miscarriage in 4 years. I was the oldest born in 1941. Then, pre-birth control, she was pregnant again. The baby was being carried so low she would be on what we call today bedrest very soon. So three kids under four, a young husband traveling every week, no family support, she elected to abort. What a courageous and practical decision! Imagine today how she would be pilloried for her decision to not bring another child into a world she couldn’t handle.

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