#shoutyourabortion is challenging the stigma of abortion

The viral Twitter hashtag has encouraged thousands of women to speak out about the realities of abortion and the dangers of defunding Planned Parenthood.

by Alice Newell-Hanson
Sep 22 2015, 4:20pm

On Friday afternoon, news broke that the House had voted 241-187 to block funding to Planned Parenthood. It was an all-new, terrifying and enraging low point in the current debate over Planned Parenthood and abortion - that "callous attempt to insert politics into women's health" (in the words of Planned Parenthood Action Fund spokesperson Eric Ferrerro).

In reaction, #shoutyourabortion emerged on Twitter this weekend and it's now gone viral: since Friday, over 70,000 people have tweeted using the hashtag. The movement, started by writers Lindy West and Amelia Bonow, is fighting to challenge the stigma of abortion and counter the misinformation on which the Defund Planned Parenthood Act is founded (the most ridiculous thing of all: PP does not even use government funding to provide abortions!). On Friday, West tweeted, "The campaign to defund PP 'relies on the assumption that abortion is to be whispered about.'" Here's what some of the many, many people who decided to speak up had to say:

While it is almost certain that the bill won't pass, there's never been a more important time to make yourself heard. As Rep. Lois Frankel said on Friday, "The bill is based upon lies and exaggerations. If you want to have a truthful debate, then let's talk about the 400,000 Pap smears, the 500,000 breast exams, the 4.5 million STD and HIV tests that Planned Parenthood does each year."


Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Charlotte Cooper via Flickr

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