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Thursday, May 26, 2005

One of the rules for participation in the Silent No More Awareness campaign is that only women who have had an abortion may hold a sign that says “I regret my abortion”. This policy makes a lot of sense to me.

There’s a lot that grates in this editorial by one of the more vocal cheerleaders for abortion and the executive director of a clinic that does about 2,000 abortions a year.

I have not had an abortion, but I have publicly worn my "I Had An Abortion" T-shirt. I stand in unity with all women (and there are millions of them) who have made this choice, and I want them to know that they are not alone. When the millions of women who have had abortions are allowed to speak without fear of stigma and shame, our movement can move forward with a message that works -- not because it appeals to a particular political constituency -- but because it is grounded in the experiences and voices of women.
However, in another article in a review of the Seattle showing of the movie “I had an abortion” she had these comments about women who’ve been through abortion:

In preparation for it [the move], Bloom's staff put out a call for women who had positive stories to tell about their abortions and could write essays for a booklet to be given out at the event. "We did hear from a few antichoice women who responded," Bloom says. Aradia told them that it would help find counselors to deal with their grief but that "their stories will not be heard and will not be in the book." This event was to be about the admittedly worthy goal of eradicating the shame and stigma that prevents many women from talking about their abortions.
So much for allowing women to speak without fear, stigma and shame and, developing a message that is grounded in the experiences and voices of women. And second of all, if she hasn’t had an abortion she really shouldn’t be wearing a t-shirt that says she did – It’s just not true. Furthermore, how can any “business” get away with treating the clients of their “product” this way? I try to imagine what would happen if Nordstrom tried to brush unhappy customers off on to counselors at the same time telling them how much they "respected their voices".

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