Earlier this week, #ShoutYourAbortion began trending on several social media sites, with Twitter garnering the most number of posts. According to The Guardian, Seattle-based writer and entertainer Lindy West created the hashtag upon realizing that even within her “fiercely pro-choice social circle and family,” the topic of abortion was never discussed.
Having had an abortion in September 2010, Lindy shares that her experience was fairly smooth and was a relief. “Plenty of people still believe that on some level – if you are a good woman – abortion is a choice which should be accompanied by some level of sadness, shame or regret. But you know what? I have a good heart and having an abortion made me happy in a totally unqualified way. Why wouldn’t I be happy that I was not forced to become a mother?”, says Lindy.
She goes on to share that there is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” abortion, as it is simply a medical procedure. She states that her body is hers and that the choice as to whether or not she will allow a baby to grow in it, is hers alone. Lindy believes that #ShoutYourAbortion allows women to break free of the stigma and lies that abortion is something to be whispered about, or kept under wraps.
The hashtag also reportedly allows women who are considering abortion to make an informed decision, as they are exposed to individuals on both ends of the spectrum: those who are adamantly against it and those who believe that having an abortion was a good decision.
Whether or not you agree with Lindy though, the fact of the matter is that it has seemingly opened a can of worms with many women boldly stepping out with abortion stories of their own and proclaiming that it was the best decision they’ve ever made.
However, despite the positive feedback that the hash tag managed to garner, pro-life activists and several other individuals have begun a social media campaign of their own using the hash tag, “Shout Your Adoption.”
Using #ShoutYourAdoption, parties opposed to abortion share their own stories of being given up for adoption or of being a young parent themselves.
#ShoutYourAbortion and #ShoutYourAdoption currently show no signs of slowing down, with both men and women using the hash tags to weigh in on the topic of abortion.
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