Every woman who has had an abortion deserves support and respect. Across the range of emotions and feelings – from grief and sadness to relief and gratitude – each person must be heard with nonjudgment. And every woman who has had an abortion who feels hurt, in pain, or traumatized needs hope.
Hope that after an abortion wellbeing is possible for each and every one of us.
Now, weeks into my recovery process — I’m still bleeding, cramping, underweight, emotional, grappling with my need for children and a partner with whom to raise them — I see my experience grossly manipulated by Pawlenty, a man who doesn’t, can’t, know how I feel. But it’s always like this, the moralists and proselytizers stealing the microphone because I, and millions of other women, didn’t make the choice they prescribed.
What we need – what can speak to every woman who has had an abortion – is a month that brings awareness to our personal experience, our feelings, and our needs for support and respect. A month free of stigma and judgment. A month that opens the door to honest, caring discussions about abortion in our lives. A month that celebrates our strength and resilience in difficult times, whether that came before or after our abortions.
What we need is month that celebrates our ability to be well. A month that brings us together, across our diverse abortion experiences, with our common need for understanding and wellbeing. A month that calls on our friends and family to do the right thing and be there when we need them, without judgment and without blame.
Exhale Declares April is”Abortion Wellbeing Month.”
What will you do to celebrate?