In the recent article “Abortion: The Serious Health Decision Women Aren’t Talking About Until Now”, Glamour opens the door to discuss abortion in a way that is respectful of the real experiences of women. Although 1 in 3 women have an abortion before the age of 45, the stigma surrounding abortion prevents many women from sharing their experiences. Unfortunately, this leads numerous women to feel isolated during a potentially difficult time. For too long the anti-choice movement has successfully over simplified the abortion debate by failing to acknowledge the range feelings women experience when confronting unplanned pregnancies. However, when women share their stories, these complexities cannot be denied. Glamour effectively portrays a broad range of abortion experiences without slipping into anti-choice rhetoric. It is extremely important for women to have the space to safely share their experiences, privately or publicly.
As with many situations in life, women who have had abortions take comfort in knowing that they are not alone. Hopefully, this article will incite conversations recognizing the complexity around unplanned pregnancy and abortion, helping to de-stigmatize these issues. Exhale, an organization mentioned in the article, serves women who have abortions, as well as their partners, friends and family. They respect the cultural, social and religious beliefs of all callers. To share your experience call 1-866-4 EXHALE (1-866-439–4253) or visit www.4exhale.org.