Storyteller: Amanda Williams

Location: Austin, Texas

Bio: Amanda Williams is a native Texan and Latina feminist activist from Houston, Texas now living in Austin. She served on the board of directors for the Lilith Fund, a Texas abortion fund, from 2012-2015 and is now the organization’s first-ever executive director. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Political Social Work. Previously, she worked the 83rd Texas Legislative Session as a policy analyst for the Legislative Study Group and was the program manager of Shift., focusing on abortion stigma eradication, movement building, and advocacy. She dedicates her life to reproductive justice work and openly shares her abortion story in order to reduce the stigma around abortion.

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 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 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