“Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion. And if you think you don’t, they just haven’t shared their story with you yet.”
– Renee Bracey Sherman, We Testify Program Manager on BillMoyers.com
Every day someone chooses to have an abortion. They are not alone in this decision, however, due to stigma, we’re often made to feel isolated and shamed. Our stories remind us and those around us that we’re not alone. We testify as experts to our experiences. We testify that our spirituality and abortion are intertwined. We testify on behalf of our communities and others who’ve had abortions across the country. When we speak out and share our stories, we demand to be counted.
If you want to share your own personal story, to testify, fill out the form below.
Questions to ponder as you testify:
- How do you feel the cultural environment and messages you received about abortion impacted your experience, both positive and negative?
- Are there messages you learned about abortion in your family? How did they impact your experience?
- Are there racial, ethnic, gender identity, class, sexuality, immigrant, ability, religious, or other identities that impacted your abortion experience?
- How did your geographic location or community political climate impact your abortion experience?
- What do you know now about your abortion experience that you would tell a younger version of yourself?
- Were there barriers you faced? How did you navigate them?
- How did you pay for your abortion? If you had insurance, were you able to use it, why or why not? Did you have to borrow money from someone or call an abortion fund? How did that experience make you feel?
- Was there someone who helped you navigate barriers? How did they help you? What stands out about that person to you?
- Was there a barrier that you were able to bypass because of your privilege? How did that impact your abortion experience?
- What support did you or didn’t you have during your abortion? How do you think that impacted you?