Nat Okey, Exhale Volunteer:
We all know the routine for Valentine’s Day: buy your love interest some stuff, take ‘em to a totally straight movie because queer couples are just too difficult to acknowledge, even in a movie trailer, add some flowers, chocolates, and dinner and you’ve done right, right? Oh, and don’t forget to tell them you love them with a prescribed message from an international corporation, you know, because nothing says “I love you” like hegemony.
What if instead you decided to give someone your unconditional love?
Do you know someone who has been through a difficult time recently, or who is having trouble letting go of old but lasting and magnetic pain? It might be your lover, your former girlfriend, or just a friend. It might even be your mom who has felt alone for decades.
There are no Hallmark cards for dealing with abortion in our stigmatized culture.
But, there are e-cards from Exhale. Exhale can help you reach out to someone in your life who deserves your love and respect. It’s important that we acknowledge the women in our lives who’ve had abortions and who afterward may have never had anyone say to them: “You’re a good person.” “You’re a good mother.” “I love you and I’m here for you.”
This Valentine’s Day, please consider honoring the women in your life who may need your kind, unconditional words in addition to the usual gestures.
Unconditional love goes a long way.