We Testify, a program of the National Network of Abortion Funds, is dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. We Testify seeks to build the power and leadership of abortion storytellers, particularly those of color, those from rural and conservative communities, those who are queer identified, those with varying abilities and citizenship statuses, and those who needed support when navigating barriers while accessing abortion care.

Renee Bracey Sherman, Program Manager

Renee Bracey ShermanRenee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist committed to the visibility and representation of people who have had abortions in media and pop culture. Bracey Sherman is a member of Echoing Ida, a Black women’s writing collective and project of Forward Together, and an expert on personal abortion storytelling. Her work has been featured on BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, EBONY, Salon, Fusion, TIME, The Atlantic, and many others. In 2014, Renee authored Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations, a guide to abortion storytelling, and in 2015 she co-authored Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), a multi-lingual digital guide on handling online harassment. In 2015, she was named one of Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers in honor of Black History Month. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University. Bracey Sherman is the We Testify Program Manager at the National Network of Abortion Funds based in Washington, DC, and sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at @RBraceySherman. Tattoo art by Evie Yapelli, www.showpigeon.com.