Exhale published “Can Listening to Women Who Have Had Abortions Bring Peace to the Abortion Wars?” by Eyal Rabinovitch on May 3, 2010 to great acclaim.
Read what people are saying:
“Pro-Voice is one of the most remarkable conflict transformation programs I have read about for a long time.” – Michelle LeBaron, Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution at the University of British Columbia
“Reading Eyal Rabinovitch’s paper “Can Listening to Women Who Have Had Abortions Bring Peace to the Abortion Wars” was a poignant reminder of the healing that results from being heard. Exhale is a great example of the power just listening to women’s narratives can have to transform the way in which individuals see and understand themselves and the inner peace that can bring. Exhale now asks if there is a way that women talk about abortions can lead to a transformation in the way we all think about abortion and it is the early stages of what it calls a “pro-voice” campaign . It brings the same hopefulness and creativity to that effort that it brought to its first efforts to just create a safe space where women can be listened to. The public space into which such efforts must be brought is unfortunately neither safe nor quiet. It is filled with noise and harsh competing views. It is, however, the public square, that marketplace of ideas where those with hope and creativity come to be heard as well as to listen. If past experience is any indicator of future success, Exhale is likely to gather a large and appreciative following. – Frances Kissling, visiting scholar, Center for Bioethics, UPenn. Read Aspen Baker’s interview of Frances Kissling here.
“As a student and practitioner of the bridge-building arts, I’m grateful to Exhale for their scholarship and experience. Transforming one of the most polarizing debates in our country into a process that generates wisdom for all is a truly ground-breaking achievement. I applaud their efforts.” – Jonah Wittkamper, Director of Search for Common Ground – USA
“Stories of personal experience expand our minds and hearts, and we need this expanded thinking and feeling in order to handle powerful debates like abortion …Pro-Voice… has the potential to challenge the public debate and spur new conversation about abortion and about how our society should deal with it.” – Mary Jacksteit, Former Director, Common Ground Network for Life and Choice, Search for Common Ground. Read Mary’s review of the paper in her blog post here.
“To center women’s real abortion experiences in all their richness and complexity presents a huge departure for all sides in terms of how abortion is discussed and fought over in this country. Specifically, it would catalyze change politically and culturally, as well as personally.” – Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, reproductive justice leader and blogger. Read Aimee’s review of the paper in her blog post here.
“It’s a great idea!” – Paul Rogat Loeb, author of “Soul Of a Citizen: Living With Conviction In Challenging Times” and “The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear”
“I believe in the power of authentic stories and I want abortion peace so I am ready to be a part of the peace contingent. Many questions remain, such as how we get from where we are to where we want to be, and how we can lead our organizations as part of a growing peace contingent. With support and allies, I’m ready to take the necessary steps to start to answer these critical questions.” – Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
“What pro-choicers can learn from the pro-voice movement is courage. We cannot let ourselves fall into the trap of arguing that women’s rights should depend on women’s conformity to a single worldview. Acknowledging the complexity of people’s direct experiences can go a long way to winning culture war battles. We’ve achieved peace, for instance, on the topic of divorce. And the reason we were able to do that is those who lived through divorce spoke about it in human, complex terms. We can bring that nuance to abortion, and we shouldn’t be afraid.” – Amanda Marcotte blogs at Pandagon, RH Reality Check, and Double X
“It is through stories that we get to a change of heart… and [Pro-Voice] brings hope for abortion peace by offering a place for the stories to belong. The stories belong to both sides, they belong to all of us, they are part of our community. The stories hold the potential for peace, by listening at the very least we help people hear and at the very most, we are shifting the war on abortion.”- Kris Miner, Executive Director, St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program. Read Kris’s review of the paper in her blog post here.
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