Stories of Women

The story of Savita Halappanavar brought the consequences of restricting access to necessary abortions to international attention. It also brought the efforts of the Irish Family Planning Association to the forefront of abortion right campaigning.

There is no doubt that the stigma is largely caused by the determination by anti-choice advocates to refer to women as murderers and blame any post-abortion mental health issues on the abortions. research has shown however, that these issues are driven by the stigma. This is another example of how the anti-choice campaign is really anti-women.

Supporting a woman’s abortion decision-making process, addressing the division of labor between women and men regarding pregnancy prevention, abortion and childrearing, and offering nonjudgmental support may guide interventions designed to reduce emotional distress after abortion.

Here is a video funded and produced by the IFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation in an effort to alleviate the stigma faced by women who make choices for their own circumstances.

This stigma is directly causing harm to women, and is believed by some to be fuelling the current American attacks on women’s rights.

Abortion stigma impacts the way that society talks about the procedure, and ultimately the way that politicians legislate it. A greater number of women sharing their personal experiences with abortion could help slowly reverse this dynamic, in a similar way that conservative lawmakers’ personal connections with LGBT individuals have helped encourage a shift toward more pro-equality policies.

Each woman must make her own decision about whether to speak out, but I believe that for us men to take a firm stand to support women is also important. So, here I am. The choice to have an abortion or not have an abortion is entirely yours. It’s not my business, nor that of anyone else  what your personal health care choices are. My role is merely to support that choice and push for the ability to be secure in your choice.

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5 Responses to Stories of Women

  1. Gonzalo Weber says:

    Further research and educational test marketing revealed that therein also lay the solution to countering the pro-choice argumentation. Pro-lifers, far beyond others in our culture and certainly beyond abortion proponents, are compassionate to women. What is needed, therefore, is to shout from the housetops the details of the pro-life movement’s obvious compassion for women. When this is done, the folks in the middle once again listen to us. Herein lies the educational strategy needed for the coming years. This has led to the title of this book. It is a one-liner that has proven its effective-ness in countering and reversing their “pro-choice” argumentation.

    • You have it exactly backwards. The so-called pro-life contingent are actually show very little compassion for women. In numerous other posts on this blog, and in many other places around the internet, you can find examples of how the fight against abortion is actually pro-death. The campaign if fought to provide rights for foetuses that have the potential of becoming fully expressed humans at the expense of the rights, health, and safety of women.

      So no, compassion is not part of this so called pro-life movement.

  2. Jon Barnes says:

    What about the health and stability of the human ecosystem irreparably harmed by abortion? Fifty-five million abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade. Two hundred million “missing girls” around the world as the result of gender-selective abortion. Untold millions of women and men regretting a choice no one would have made for the harbor seal rescued on Long Island.

    • The irreparable harm you mention is imaginary, and certainly inconsequential in comparison to the harm done to women by the anti-abortion campaigns. Throughout this blog and many others, the harm to women and their rights has been identified, and identified as a pro-death ideology. Imaginary harms to foetuses and actual, ham to women. There is no contest.

  3. Get Smart says:

    The overall effect of anti-choice efforts in Canada, whether homegrown or imported from America, has been to create a chilling effect on the provision of abortion services. Doctors maintain a low profile to preserve their safety and privacy and politicians ignore the issue to preserve their reputations and careers. The result? Fewer doctors are willing to perform abortions; those who do so find themselves on the fringes of the medical community; abortion itself is cloaked in stigma and marginalized as a legitimate health service; many serious obstacles to access remain—including blatantly illegal ones; and women still have abortions in an atmosphere of misinformation, shame, and secrecy.

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