#ShoutYourAbortion has been sweeping people’s Twitter feeds over the past 24 hours, and it’s sending an important message.
Abortion has been legal for over 40 years, but the stigma towards it is still very much an issue.
After the US government voted to close state-funded abortion clinics in America, Amelia Bonow and Lindy West decided to encourage women to take to Twitter to share their stories under the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag.
‘The narrative of those working to defund Planned Parenthood relies on the assumption that abortion is stll something to be whispered about’, Amelia posted on Facebook.
‘Plenty of people still believe that on some level – if you are a good woman – abortion is a choice which should be accompanied by some level of sadness, shame, or regret.’
She continued: ‘But you know what? I have a good heart and having an abortion made me happy in a totally unqualified way. Why wouldn’t I be happy that I was not forced to become a mother?’
Ever since, the hashtag has been trending on Twitter, with women worldwide speaking up to share their experiences of abortion.
But, the movement has been divisive, with some arguing that encouraging women to ‘shout’ about abortion glorifies the procedure.
‘There is nothing about #ShoutYourAbortion which glorifies abortion, although I do not think there is anything remotely immoral or murderous about the procedure’, Amelia hit back with in an interview with Buzzfeed.
‘#ShoutYourAbortion changes the way society talks about abortion, and helps women who have abortions feel they are free to speak about them however they choose without fearing stigma.’
We reckon anything that encourages women speaking about their bodies and decisions freely and without judgement can only be a good thing.