Media Appearances

Renee is a go-to voice on political and social justice issues related to race, gender, health care, abortion stories, and representations of abortion in pop culture.

Read her interviews or hear her on your favorite podcasts below!

If you would like to contact Renee for an interview, send her an email at: Renee@ReneeBraceySherman.com.


“As the activist Renee Bracey Sherman, who runs the We Testify site, put it: ‘Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion. And if you think you don’t, they just haven’t shared their story with you yet.’”

— Cindi Leive, Let’s Talk About My Abortion (and Yours), The New York Times 2018


“Everyone has deep opinions about abortion, but many people don’t realize they love someone who has had one.”

Why I Will Never Stop Talking About My Abortion, Women’s Health Magazine podcast Uninterrupted


“I am very deliberate about using the word ‘abortion’ versus saying I am pro-choice,” said Renee Bracey Sherman, a 29-year-old NARAL board member who has written a guide to abortion story-sharing. “I didn’t have a pro-choice. I had an abortion.”

— How a new generation of activists is trying to make abortion normal, Jill Filipovic, The Washington Post


“There’s that pressure that society puts on you, and the way society treats people who get pregnant young or unintended, especially if they’re of color,” Bracey Sherman said. “You have to decide whether or not to get an abortion. Then you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

— a profile of Renee’s abortion in Abortion’s Racial Gap, TheAtlantic, 2014


“When reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman began telling her abortion story publicly, the responses she received revealed just how important visibility itself can be. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from people who say, ‘I thought I was the only one until I saw your story on the Internet,’” she says. “I get messages from people saying, ‘I’m having an abortion this weekend and I was Googling online and I found your story, and it’s making me feel like I can do this.’ Or saying, ‘Can you tell me I’m a good person?’”

Can Storytelling Help Destroy Abortion Stigma, Maya Dusenbery, Pacific Standard, 2015


“I simply did not want to be pregnant. It was just that simple.” The Guardian, January 22, 2015

“There is a desire to be less guarded and euphemistic in how we talk about reproductive health. “I think talking about these issues more directly is really important,” said Renee Bracey Sherman, a 28-year-old Chicago activist currently living in Ithaca. “I’m very public about the fact that I had an abortion at 19 and I talk about it a lot and I say the word ‘abortion’ because I’m really frustrated with people and organizations who support abortions but who never say the word! If you can’t say the word ‘abortion’ it’s almost like you don’t support it even though we know that you do. So say it! I’m proud to have had an abortion and to talk about it!”

But the Reproductive Justice movement also seeks to take into account other kinds of specifics: the varied economic, racial, gendered, cultural and geographic needs of those who require legality, access, and social and policy support with regard to their health and reproductive life. “We, as young people, live multi-issue lives,” said Bracey Sherman. “We see the impact of dwindling access to health care, but also see families being separated due to immigration, a reduction in education—sex education, schools closing, loss of school lunches—and the choice framework just doesn’t encompass that. Reproductive Justice does.”

Don’t Let Republicans Erase Vaginas From Women’s Health, Rebecca Traister, The New Republic, 2014