There are many debates surrounding abortion. And with more and more states passing laws that make abortion harder and harder to obtain, it seems this debate has intensified on both sides. From pro-life rallies to pro-choice protests, abortion looms large in the public space. But at its core, abortion is a personal matter. It’s a choice made by real people, who each have distinct and individual reasons for making it. It’s not something that happens to other people we don’t know, it’s a decision that someone in each of our lives has probably had to deal with. It gets lost in the political debate.
To bring this to light, the 1 in 3 campaign held its annual Speak Out campaign on March 21, bringing real people and their real abortion stories to Capitol Hill to remind us all that abortion is a human issue before anything else. These stories have also flooded social media in an effort to show everyone how common abortion really is. In fact, it’s so common that one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, hence the name of the campaign.
“Telling our stories is an act of resistance – resistance against access restrictions, resistance against threats from the Trump administration, and resistance against the shame that has silenced us for too long,” said Debra Hauser, president of Advocates for Youth, parent organization of the 1 in 3 campaign, said in a statement. “Too often the political has dominated the personal in the fight for access to abortion, and now more than ever we cannot afford to remain silent and allow stigma to pervade the conversation around a procedure that one in three women will have in her lifetime.This is a question that affects everyone – not an ideological debate.
Having an abortion in a society where stigma is so heavy can be isolating and can make people feel ashamed or even feel like they are the only ones going through it. But in reality, women experience all kinds of different ways of having an abortion, and shame doesn’t have to be one of them.
Sharing stories also shows the range of reasons people have abortions, the range of emotions they feel about their abortion, and the range of people who have abortions. Transgender people, non-binary people, LGBTQ people, white people, black people, and all types of people get abortion care – it’s not just one type of person.
The Speak Out also coincided with confirmation hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch. Trump promised he would choose a pro-life justice for the Supreme Court, but Gorsuch never clarified his position.
And while the 1 in 3 campaign has hosted the Speak Out campaign for three consecutive years, this was the organization’s first-ever lobbying day, during which they showcased their abortion stories on the marches. of the Capitol. This, they hope, will get those stories heard.