Storyteller: Amanda Beatriz Williams

Location: Austin, Texas

Bio: Amanda Beatriz Williams, a proud daughter of an immigrant, is a queer Tejana with more than ten years of experience working in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement. Amanda is originally from Houston, Texas, where she planted her roots as a community organizer. Amanda holds a Master’s in Political Social Work from the University of Houston and has extensive background in nonprofit management, program development, policy, advocacy, and fundraising. She served on the board of the Lilith Fund from 2012-2015 and has been Lilith Fund’s executive director since 2016. Under her leadership, Lilith Fund has supported thousands of Texans seeking abortion care and expanded its programming to include emotional support and organizing. Amanda is a proud storyteller with We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions. Her writing has been published in Glamour Magazine, Rewire News Group, TribTalk, and the Feminist Wire. She is also a board member for Youth Rise Texas, an organization that works to develop the leadership of youth of color who are directly impacted by incarceration and deportation. Amanda lives in Austin with her wife, Holly, and cat, Mica.

Abortion Story Summary: When I had an abortion, I was a 19-year old college freshman. I was in an unhealthy relationship. Though it was an easy decision for me, it was still a difficult and stressful time in my life. When I arrived at my appointment, I was overwhelmed by the kind support I received from clinic escorts, the clinic staff, and my provider, who all made me feel comfortable and safe. Those perpetuating abortion stigma tell us that we’re not worthy of acceptance, compassion, or understanding. But we are worthy, and sharing my own story is one way I’m fighting to make sure that’s loud and clear.

Stories by Amanda Beatriz Williams

Why I Testified in Texas

“These proposed regulations, which would have forced me to essentially plan a funeral for my fetus, would have made all of the challenges I faced when getting an abortion even more difficult and traumatic. When I reflect on my own abortion, I know that I deserved a better experience, free from shame and stigma. Like all people, I deserved to feel respect, support, and compassion. This is why we continue to fight against anti-abortion legislation like that proposed by DSHS.” Continue reading

“I’ve Already Been ‘Punished’ for My Abortion, Even Without Donald Drumpf Jailing Me”

Published on Glamour Magazine‘s website on April 1, 2016.  Dear The Donald, I want to thank you for your recent comments on how your imaginary administration plans to treat people like me who’ve had abortions. In a few short sentences, you unveiled the anti-choice movement’s grand plan better than I ever could have. As you’ll recall, on … Continue reading