Today, we call on our supporters to come together and speak out, to end abortion stigma once and for all.
Abortion stigma hurts women around the world
Everyone loves someone who's had an abortion. In fact, one in four pregnancies worldwide end in abortion. Yet stigma and judgment persist.
High levels of stigma around abortion create a culture of silence, where women who need safe services often lack information on where to access them. Stigma stops women from speaking to their family or friends about their experience in fear of being judged. As a result, many women feeling isolated and alone throughout their experience and long thereafter. Stigma feeds silence, and silence feeds myths. Myths that misinform, mislead and further stigmatize. It’s a vicious and harmful circle that we need to break.
As one of the world’s leading pro-choice organizations, we are unapologetic in our defense of a woman’s right to abortion. That's why are proud to provide safe abortion services wherever we are legally able to do so. Above all, we believe that every woman has the right to determine her own future, whether that means using contraception to prevent an unintended pregnancy or choosing to end a pregnancy through safe abortion.
Our research shows that the vast majority of women are pro-choice and want abortion to be talked about more openly. We need to have open and honest conversations about abortion. If we do, women will feel informed, educated and supported in making choices about their own bodies.
Now is the time to #SmashAbortionStigma.