USA – We’re Thankful for Our Abortions

Many people who have abortions celebrate their experience. Here’s why my colleagues and I at We Testify are thankful.

By Nikiya Natale
Nov 24, 2022

This time of year is… complicated. For many people, this season calls for reflection and gratitude. This year I find myself reflecting not only on all the people I love and cherish but also on the outcomes and impact of the midterm elections, and on why our nation celebrates the complicated holiday of Thanksgiving at all.

This holiday is founded on the unforgivable genocide of Native Americans, and my commitment to justice for all people makes it difficult for me to celebrate things I am thankful for. And the harsh reality is that the utter disregard for all Indigenous people in the 1800s fuels the same systems of white supremacy that dehumanize all of us today. Black lives are taken by the police and the prison-industrial complex, any sense of LGBTQ+ peace and tranquility has been obliterated by gun violence and hate, and, ultimately, the small promise of abortion access guaranteed by Roe v. Wade was stripped away by an illegitimate Supreme Court.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/society/thankful-for-abortions/


USA – What It Feels Like to Take the Abortion Pill: People Share Their Stories

BY BRITTNEY MCNAMARA
NOVEMBER 22, 2022

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, 13 states have outlawed abortion with few or no exceptions. More states have banned abortion and had those bans blocked by courts, and others have restricted how far into pregnancy people can access abortion.

But in the months following the decision, requests for the abortion pill online surged. Currently, more than half of abortions in the U.S. are done via the abortion pill, and as more people may turn to medication abortion because of restricted access to in-clinic abortions, abortion rights organizations We Testify and Mayday Health teamed up to get people to talk about their experiences with abortion pills, showing what having a medication abortion is really like.

Continued: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/what-it-feels-like-to-take-the-abortion-pill


I Write About Post-Roe America Every Day. It’s Worse Than You Think.

Nov. 5, 2022
By Jessica Valenti

Despite Republican‌ assurances that their draconian abortion bans wouldn’t hurt women, a flood of heart-wrenching accounts from across the country prove otherwise. Yet even with that outpouring of stories, plus polls showing broad opposition to the bans and an increase in women registering to vote, it’s still unclear if the issue will be the deciding factor for voters in the midterm elections on Tuesday.

It should be.

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Before Roe, What Was It Like To Talk About Abortion?

BY MARY GORDON, Vogue Magazine
October 10, 2022

It is the fall of 1971. I have just walked into a room in a church basement, where there is a meeting of NARAL, the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, the organization created two years earlier by Betty Friedan. Although abortion had been legal in New York since 1970, it was still illegal in most states.

I’ve moved to Syracuse—the first time I have lived outside the New York metropolitan area. I’m feeling a bit unmoored, not yet at home in my MFA program, and missing the political engagement I had experienced as a college student at Barnard and Columbia.

Continued: https://www.vogue.com/article/mary-gordon-essay-abortion-story


USA – Abortion Rights Advocacy: Past and Present

by LYDIA LYLE GIBSON
8.1.22

IN 1970, when Mary Summers and three other women’s rights activists—Jane Pincus, Karen Weinstein, and Catha Maslow—made a documentary about illegal abortion, they saw it as an organizing tool for state-by-state legalization efforts. Fifty-two years later, Summers believes it may serve that role again.

Abortion and Women’s Rights 1970 synthesized the stories and experiences of several women and stated that, of the 800,000 abortions performed in that year, only one percent were obtained legally; 300,000 resulted in complications, and between 3,000 and 8,000 resulted in death. This April, the filmmakers re-released the 28-minute documentary, making it available free online.

Continued: https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2022/08/1970-abortion-documentary-rereleased


How an Abortion Changed My Life: 10 Women Share Their Stories

From a state senator to a machine worker, Americans reveal—in their own words—how that one decision changed everything.

By Kelli Maria Korducki
3 August 2022

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it ignored the transformational impact the ruling had on the ability of women to join the workforce, build a career, and boost their earning power over the past 50 years. “I believe that eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told a congressional hearing in May. These 10 women, age 26 to 80, share in their own words how the decision to terminate a pregnancy altered their life—and career.

Continued: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-08-03/what-s-it-like-getting-an-abortion-women-share-their-stories


USA – Black women say they are invisible in abortion rights fight. ‘We are still forgotten within all of this’

By Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN
Sat July 9, 2022

For many Black women, the reversal of Roe v. Wade last month not only stripped them of bodily autonomy, but created another barrier to economic security and choosing the course of their future.

For 49 years, women have had the right to terminate a pregnancy without needing to justify it, giving some a chance to pursue their educational goals, career aspirations and start families when they were in stable situations.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/09/us/abortion-stories-black-women-reaj/index.html


Not a ‘uniform experience’: Women share their triumphs and concerns with accessing abortion in Canada

Jennifer Ferreira, CTVNews.ca Producer
 July 7, 2022

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Susan Brison is reminded of her late sister’s decision to get an abortion in 1967, when the procedure was still illegal in Canada.

Brison’s sister, Kate Daller, had been 19 at the time, she said. It was after Brison’s family moved from northern British Columbia to Toronto that Daller became pregnant. Having only lived in Toronto for two years, Brison’s family wasn’t able to find a doctor willing to perform an abortion in the city, she said.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/not-a-uniform-experience-women-share-their-triumphs-and-concerns-with-accessing-abortion-in-canada-1.5978521


Western Australian women discuss their feelings on the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade

By Samantha Ferguson
June 30 2022

With the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, and a number of states moving to immediately ban abortion, the trickle-down effect has been felt across the globe.

Roe v Wade was a decision made by the United States Supreme Court in 1973 which ruled that the US constitution generally protected a woman's freedom to choose to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/7796476/for-me-it-wouldve-meant-abject-poverty-trickle-down-effect-of-abortion-ruling-felt-in-wa/


‘I got in the car and he blindfolded me. I was willing to risk death’: five women on abortions before Roe

If the supreme court reverses the federal right to abortion, some Americans will no longer have access to the procedure. Five women speak of their experience in pre-Roe v Wade era

Candice Pires and Clare Considine
Thu 16 Jun 2022

If the supreme court reverses the federal right to abortion, some Americans will no longer have access to the procedure. Five women speak of their experience in pre-Roe v Wade era.

Roe v Wade, the landmark US supreme court decision that has given Americans abortion rights since 22 January 1973, was set to turn 50 next year. This June, as the supreme court approaches summer recess, it looks likely to release a decision that means the critical precedent will never reach its landmark birthday.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/16/five-women-on-abortions-before-roe-v-wade