Do You Have an Abortion Story to Tell?

billmoyers.com wants to hear it.

Want to Share Your Abortion Story? Here Are Some Tips

If you’re moved to share your story after hearing the powerful stories in #NoChoice, there are several issues to consider. 

BY RENEE BRACEY SHERMAN | JANUARY 22, 2018

Storytelling is a long-held tradition in many communities to pass on collective wisdom, memories, tales and experiences among loved ones and future generations. Abortion storytelling has been around as long as abortion itself, about 4,000 years, and at one time served as a way for people to find out which roots or herbs can induce an abortion or find a provider, particularly under heavy restriction. Now, abortion storytelling is becoming more common in media, pop culture and communities as a way to eradicate stigma and build compassion for those who choose to terminate a pregnancy.


Marge Piercy, Valerie Peterson and Danielle Lang from the new 'No Choice' video series

No Choice

BY BILLMOYERS.COM STAFF | NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Abortion is a common experience, yet there’s a lot of silence around it due to the shame and stigma our society puts on people who’ve had abortions. To build understanding, more of us are speaking out. Your story is an undeniable truth and might radically shift how someone who had an abortion reflects on their own experience, the stigma they faced and to help challenge the stereotypes and misinformation others have heard about people who have abortions. After hearing the powerful stories in #NoChoice, you might feel ready to share your own abortion story with loved ones or on social media. Here are a few things to think about as you make the decision to share:

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Special thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. and all those who came with him and before him.
*MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.“I had a Dream”


*MALCOM X, “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”


MARTIN LUTHER, “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”


HARRIET TUBMAN, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”


SUSAN B ANTHONY, “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”


MAYA ANGELOU, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”


GLORIA STEINHEM, “We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther
Malcom X
Harriet Tubman
Maya Angelou & Gloria Steinem

What’s in a Book? Everything!

“BOOK=MAGIC” by Carl Sagan…

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.

But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, finding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epics.

Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan

RICHARD CORY

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Here is a poem, most of us read in high school literature, and it’s still very poignant.

Richard Cory

BY EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.