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Storyteller: Kersha Deibel
Location: Washington, DC
Bio: Kersha Deibel is a queer, biracial, fat activist and native of New Philadelphia, Ohio. She has over eight years of experience working with Planned Parenthood, where she began her journey around reproductive freedom when walking into a Cincinnati, OH health center seeking abortion services. Since then, she has served as a Patient Educator in St. Louis, MO and now serves as the Manager of Health Center Advocacy Programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Washington, DC. In her free time, she serves as the President of the DC Abortion Fund and loves curvy girl yoga!
Abortion Story Summary: I was 22, about to graduate from college with a 4.0 GPA and an acceptance letter into graduate school, when I found out that I was pregnant. Immediately, I knew that I didn’t want to have a baby and I called up my local Planned Parenthood to make an appointment for an abortion. When I walked out of the health center after having my abortion, I had a sense of pride and self respect. We’ve got to continue sharing our stories so that others, no matter what their story is, feel compelled to speak out and end abortion stigma.