Last week, the House of Representatives voted to block Planned Parenthood's federal funding for a year.
Soon after, women began tweeting their positive experiences with abortion, beginning with this post by Lindy West, which includes a Facebook post by Amelia Bonow. Lindy and Amelia created the hashtag together, according to Buzzfeed:
As a result, tons of other girls took to Twitter to share their abortion stories using the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag.
My abortion was in '10 & the career I've built since then fulfills me & makes me better able to care for kids I have now. #ShoutYourAbortion— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 20, 2015
The reactions have been mixed. Some support the women sharing their stories:
While others present pro-life viewpoints instead: Pacific Standard cites a scientific argument in support of the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag:
A reminder to everyone sharing abortion stories on #ShoutYourAbortion: you are good, kind, loved, & deserving of respect & support.— Steph Herold (@StephHerold) September 22, 2015
"Psychology research backs the notion that those who have a legal, elective abortion are likely to be fine afterward, undermining the common pro-life argument that abortions harm women's mental health...Meanwhile, it's well recorded in the scientific literature that stigma itself is a source of mental health problems. Thus the current cultural climate around abortion in America can create a "self-fulfilling prophecy," as an American Psychological Association task force on mental health and abortions wrote in 2009. That is, if we expect women to feel ashamed, or to mourn their aborted fetuses, those expectations can in turn create concurring feelings that might not otherwise exist."
We think that no matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice, women should be allowed to share any lawful experience without being shamed. We're glad to see them using social media as a way to take a stand for themselves!