(daily thread) On Christmas Day, analytics and data site FiveThirtyEight posted a question on Twitter asking for abortion stories, and many of the responses they received were not pro-abortion.
The website tweeted“Do you have an abortion story? We want to hear from you,” with a link to an article on the site.
Do you have an abortion history? We want to hear from you. https://t.co/y6rFyFfnHt
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) December 25, 2021
The article explained: “Nearly one in four American women will have an abortion before the age of 45. But over the past decade, access to abortion in America has changed dramatically. There are fewer clinics and more restrictions. And now it seems likely that the Supreme Court will limit the right to abortion even further. As we document the impact of these changes, we want to include the voices of people who have had abortions in the United States”
He then asked people to fill out a form if they’ve “had an abortion and are willing to share [their] experiences.”
The article concluded: “We know this can be a sensitive subject, so none of your personal information will be published without your consent.”
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The form that users are expected to complete included questions such as “How has your decision to have an abortion affected your life? and “Did you have to pay out of pocket for the abortion?” If so, how affordable was it for you? »
He also asked:
Where were you living at the time and how far from home did you have to travel to get your surgery?
At what stage of your pregnancy were you at the time of the abortion?
What were the most important factors in your decision to have an abortion?
On Twitter, replies poured in, but many of them were stories of people who either had an abortion and regretted it, or chose life.
One of the most popular answers was a photo of a teenage girl, along with a description:
During the ultrasound of my 2nd pregnancy, we were told that our baby had Down Syndrome and his heart was incompatible with life. They encouraged us to terminate the pregnancy. She is in perfect health.
Another woman responded: “I found myself unexpectedly pregnant at the age of 22 during my last semester of college with my daughter. Her father and I have decided to marry, and she is still the most unexpected blessing in our lives I can’t imagine a world without her joyful presence.
Tweet this: I found myself unexpectedly pregnant during my last semester of college with my daughter. I can’t imagine a world without her joyful presence.
Some shared stories of rape and sexual assault, describing how the woman chose to give birth instead of aborting her child. People have also shared stories about adoption when the mother chose to give her child to another family who then expressed their gratitude to her for not choosing the abortion.
One person wrote“I know three women who have had abortions. All three were convinced by someone else. All three say it is the biggest regret they have in their lives.
the Daily dispatches Ben Zeisloft responded“Because Christians showed up at Planned Parenthood Philadelphia on a cold Saturday in February 2020, this young man had a wonderful Christmas today with his family. And there are many more like him, in Philadelphia and in all the countries.
Because Christians showed up at Planned Parenthood Philadelphia on a cold Saturday in February 2020, this young man had a wonderful Christmas today with his family. And there are many more like him, in Philadelphia and across the country. pic.twitter.com/AIcvZRmx5m
— Ben Zeisloft (@BenZeisloft) December 26, 2021
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) tweeted a response by writing: “Here’s a story: every Christmas, we celebrate the unexpected birth of a child who saved the world.
Here’s a story: Every Christmas, we celebrate the unexpected birth of a child who saved the world. https://t.co/24yJiFPpSu
—Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) December 26, 2021
another user responded“Yes. I had an unplanned pregnancy at 18 and chose to have an abortion. It was a traumatic experience and I still wonder all the time who my son would be today. Stop telling women that abortion is their ultimate freedom. I never felt empowered by that.
Crenshaw too job replies to FiveThirtyEight’s tweet on Instagram, writing, “Look at the replies to this tweet. Will warm your heart.
Tweet this: Media outlet FiveThirtyEight asked for abortion stories on Twitter and instead received many pro-life responses
Earlier this month, FiveThirtyEight reported that while polls have shown a majority of Americans want to keep the benchmark Roe vs. Wade abortion in place, their positions on abortion are varied.
A Gallup survey the site noted earlier this year found that “58% of Americans [are] opposed to overturning the 1973 decision of the United States Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision, while 32% are in favour. Earlier this year, Gallup also found that the majority of Americans are against certain abortion restrictions.
The outlet, however, reported in early December that “[m]Majorities also support a variety of restrictions on abortion — including limits on second-trimester abortion — that openly conflict with Supreme Court rulings. For example, a 2020 Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 69% of Americans supported laws requiring abortions to be performed only by doctors who had admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, even though the court ruled. ruled in 2016 that these laws impose an unconstitutional burden on women. right to abortion”.
Editor’s note: This article was published by the Daily Wire and is reprinted with permission.