What Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta Can Teach Us About Repro Rights

In her Ebony.com article, What Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta Can Teach Us About Repro Rights, fellow Echoing Ida writer Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell explores the decision to have an abortion by a main character and what it means to discuss abortion on television and in the Black community. She included a quote from my piece Why I Am Not Pro-Voice about my need as a Black woman to share my abortion story to ensure ongoing access and break the stigma. An excerpt below…

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“Women, such as MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman, are sharing their abortion experiences. Bracey Sherman didn’t want to be just “another black teen who got pregnant” and waited six years to tell anyone about her abortion. But she broke her silence because she believes that she is “standing up for myself in a society that deems my voice unnecessary. I am sharing an experience and how it changed my life. And if my friends or I need access to a safe abortion, I want to speak out to ensure that it is available next week and next year.”

 

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“My heart sunk. While my parents identified as pro-choice, I hadn’t told them about the decision my partner and I made to have an abortion. They didn’t even know I was pregnant. I was planning on telling them, but not until I was ready.”

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Why I Am Not Pro-Voice

“When I share my story, I am no one’s political pawn. I am standing up for myself in a society that deems my voice unnecessary. I am sharing an experience and how it changed my life. And if my friends or I need access to a safe abortion, I want to speak out to ensure that it is available next week and next year.”
Why I Am Not Pro-Voice

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Men Choose Abortion Too

“What Live Action doesn’t understand is that supporting someone through an abortion is a form of love as well. It’s a deep respect for all of life’s complexities. And I believe that most men, and fathers, understand that too.”

RH Reality Check - Men Choose Abortion TooIn response to a piece that Live Action wrote for men on how to stop their partners from accessing an abortion, I wrote about how the men in my life, who were parents, helped me make the decision that was right for me – and that men need reproductive justice too.

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