New advocates from around the world are finding fresh ways to champion the pro-voice message in their own communities.
Erika Jackson, an Exhale volunteer loves talking about the pro-voice message. She writes:
“I find that people are looking for a new framework to view abortion – one which honors the significance of a personal experience. These conversations inspire me to keep sharing and listening.”
Sry Ginting, a theology student in Indonesia, used Facebook Causes to make a birthday wish and raise money for Exhale.
Cynthia Benedict Goering, a psychotherapist in Seattle, is starting a therapy group for women who have had abortions with the goals of enhancing health and well-being in women; promoting acceptance and empowerment; and expanding the conversation about abortion with respect and dignity.
Julie Evans, a talkline caller who shared her personal abortion story with you over the summer, completed a marathon to raise awareness about pro-voice. Julie raised over $500 for Exhale from her friends and family. Julie writes:
“Hopefully me running 26.2 miles, proudly wearing the Exhale logo, will inspire other women and men to speak up, reach out and listen.”
We asked our volunteers: What does Pro-Voice Mean to You?
Grace: “Pro-voice means never having to apologize for what you feel.”
Salvador: “Pro-voice means the right, the freedom, and the opportunity to openly share my unique experience, my story, my feelings, and my emotions without criticism and judgment. It means the privileged to make my voice heard, validated, and respected, a non-judgmental approach that strives to learn and praise every person’s unique experience with abortion.”
Alice: “Pro-voice means a conviction that everyone’s personal experience with and feelings around abortion deserve a space to be heard, respected and validated. Sometimes these aren’t the feelings that we’re comfortable sharing – they can be messy, contradictory, frustrating and just flat-out unpleasant to deal with. But the experiences that people have around abortion aren’t all tidy or easy to deal with, and yet they still need to be recognized – for our individual well-being as well as for the sake of any progress in the public discussion around abortion.”
Susan: “Being pro-voice is valuing the input of everyone who is and who should be part of the discussion. It’s not about being right or wrong, but being heard.”
Holly: “We have no agenda. We are simply here to listen, to witness, and to help individuals build their own healing narrative. We want to hear the truth, from people who have personal experiences with abortion. We believe in the power of communication through voice, and envision a future in which all women and persons touched by abortion are able to speak freely about it as with any other experience.”
Watch more volunteers share about what Pro-Voice means to them in our video:
What does Pro-Voice mean to You?