Hey y’all, let’s talk about ::abortion stigma::
Did you know that 1 in 4 females will have an abortion by age 45? Did you know abortion is one of the most common and safe medical procedures performed in the US? Did you know that many people feel guilt and shame for having one? .
For most people, abortion is a quiet secret that lives inside of them. Many feel like they’re the only person they know who’s had one, that they’re rare and that having an abortion should stay a secret. This shame and isolation is a product of ::abortion stigma::. .
There’s no right way to feel after an abortion. In my experience with patients seeking abortion, many have complicated feelings about the *situation* surrounding their need for abortion (family issues, partner issues, financial issues, intimate partner violence, etc.), further complicated by the societal stigma about the procedure itself. ::it’s complicated::.
In my nearly 10 years of abortion care, I’ve found that the most common feeling people have after their abortions is relief, though sometimes paired with guilt or shame. Research backs this up too. .
95% of women do not regret their abortion. For many it is a chance at ::freedom::. .
I honor and respect all people’s decisions to manage their pregnancies and reproductive health in a safe and healthy way that works for their life/style. Women are no longer walking wombs. We are warriors, we are leaders, we are fully actualizing humans with the right to peace, love and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of pregnancy status. .
When we keep our stories in the dark, we keep ourselves and each other in the dark. It takes courage to face abortion stigma. But we’re doing it....together 💪🏽.
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