In response to the Supreme Court beginning to hear arguments last Wednesday in Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to controversial abortion regulations passed in Texas, Mashable decided to profile Whole Woman’s Health, the abortion provider central to the case, and invite readers to say in a poll whether they’d judged themselves or others for having an abortion. Nearly 80 percent of the 1,700 responses Mashable received said they had not.
The stigma surrounding abortion can prevent women from talking to friends, families, and co-workers about their experiences, but movements such as #ShoutYourAbortion and the 1 in 3 Campaign see the sharing of stories as a means of alleviating the shame many women feel. To that end, Mashable also encouraged women to share their stories, and has published nine of them on their site.
One woman laments never being able to tell her conservative parents, whom she loves dearly, despite knowing in her heart she made the right decision for herself. Another woman reflects on how, at 17, she had to choose between bringing a child into a volatile home or going out of state to have an abortion in secret. “I was smart enough to realize that I had made a terrible mistake,” she writes, “but I wouldn’t make it right by bringing a baby person into the world and my situation.”
Read the full story at Mashable.