Abortion is a natural occurrence. In fact, 1 in 4 women will have an abortion in their lifetime. But, if you pay attention to politicians, TV shows, and social media, you would think it’s more like 1 in a million. So, abortion continues to be seen as a taboo. It is considered a taboo in popular culture and large swaths of our society because people who seek abortions are demonized. The stigma is out there because we demonize what we don’t understand and what we believe is uncommon even though it’s not. The procedure itself is fairly simple, with the number one feeling reported after being a relief.
For me, this issue isn’t about nameless people who have had abortions. It’s about the people I love. It’s about my family, friends, and community. But, my story is not unique, it affects so many people like me and that is why it is insane to not advocate for reproductive justice. Too often issues are put into separate silos which is why focusing on reproductive justice is so important. That concept of centralizing reproductive issues and instead of discussing their intersectional nature is the only way we truly grasp the scope of the problem.
Abortions is a basic healthcare right and necessary for creating a healthy community. Ultimately, abortion access is about the freedom to make our own decisions about our lives. Now is the time to stand up and support each other because together we can end the stigma and create change.