'New York' Magazine Shares 26 True Abortion Stories
With the ongoing onslaught of laws limiting reproductive rights in America, its easy to forget that abortion is still incredibly common here. One in three U.S. women will have an abortion by age 45. As a reminder, New York magazine is featuring 26 abortion stories in its latest issue. "Abortion is part of our everyday experience," writes Meaghan Winter in an intro. Yet "even in doggedly liberal parts of the country, very few people talk openly about the experience."
That's a shame, because actual abortion stories highlight dimensions of the experience that politically-minded coverage (from both sides of the issue) misses. In the real stories, we see complexity — how having an abortion may be both good and bad for a woman or couple. The stories in New York are interesting and varied. Some are sad. Some of the women are older, while some are still in their teens. Some have had more than one abortion. Some have kids already, or will go on to have kids. Some regret the abortion and some do not. Many were bullied by protestors on their way into clinics.
"As their stories show, the experience of abortion in the United States in 2013 is vastly uneven," writes Winter.
Many feminists and reproductive rights activists think support for abortion rights would be stronger if more women who'd had abortions told their stories. There are several ongoing projects devoted to telling real women's abortion stories, including the 1 in 3 Campaign and this collection from the Feminist Women's Health Center.