We were told that people need stories to connect to complex issues. Stories that spark a shared humanity. Literature tells stories to motivate, activate, generate compassion and connect people. I like fiction as a tool to tell big truths.
But we as advocates often ask people to tell their stories to move public opinion or influence policy. We use these stories to humanize “the other”. To persuade or convince an oppressor or a politician that we are somebody.
With the overthrow of Roe v. Wade on June 24, we hear stories. Stories of dramas where abortion is the last hope of a person in danger of death or of a long-desired pregnancy. Stories of child victims of sexual assault who didn’t even make it to college. Stories of loss, pain and broken hearts. And they are true.