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Pushing back against recent efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, Lindy West and Amelia Bonow launched the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion on Twitter and Facebook. The social media campaign is an effort to end the stigma of abortion. In the last four days, thousands of women have shared their feelings about (and reasons for) terminating their pregnancies.
Lindy West, the mother who is credited with starting the hashtag along with Amelia Bonow, told a reporter, "In our culture, abortion is something we talk about in whispers, in corners, in private with other women, or not at all. Without any open public discourse about the reality of abortion—the reality being that it is a basic medical procedure and a third of people with uteruses will have one—opponents are able to spin it as anything they want."
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
Bonow, 30, wrote a widely shared Facebook post four days ago about her abortion. In it, she expressed her outrage at the House's vote to defund Planned Parenthood. She said she has no regrets.
Other women tweeted that they, too, know the real aftermath of terminating a pregnancy. They made decisions for their bodies, live with the consequences and go on to have happy, productive (and reproductive!) lives.
To say choosing to have an abortion was the hardest decision I've made would be to lie. It was easy. Tears but no regrets #ShoutYourAbortion