I had a great conversation today with a potential publicist and realized that I never posted my appearance on Talk of the Nation on NPR (January 22, 2008) on my blog. So here goes.
Please listen to the show. We invited women who have had abortions to call in and share their story. Their words and the diversity of their experiences are touching and important to hear.
abortion is one of those things that women rarely talk about after they’ve had them — whatever the reason. It doesn’t matter if you’re pro-choice or pro-life or in-between — many women don’t talk about past abortions — even with their dearest friends or family. So today, we’re going to do it — and we’re asking you to tell your stories — whatever they are. If you had an abortion, tell us about it, and how you felt at the time. And why, if this is your experience, you do or do not talk about it now.
Please read all of them. Some highlights:
Thank you so much for talking about this today. I had an abortion in 1976 (age 16) and back then – probably now too – we just didn’t talk about it with friends or family. This topic needs to become less taboo. Thank you to the woman who started Exhale and others – including you- who are helping women share their stories.
Thank you for doing this show. I’ve never had to face this decision personally and it helps so much to hear other people’s real stories. We can only gain from hearing and learning.
I only wish that my teenage daughter were home from school to hear the stories. I think I’ll sit her down tonight to read some of this.
In talking about my abortion, I have found that many women I know had also had abortions, women I wouldn’t have ever expected. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone. I would like to know the statistics on how many women in America have abortions. I am sure it is high