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Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the case that ensured legal abortion rights in the United States. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. (Does that statistic surprise you? Do you suppose most people are aware of it? How do you think awareness of that stat might affect political or personal dialogues about abortion?) Advocates for Youth has created a website and campaign called 1in3, to allow people who have had abortions to share their stories. In sharing, they hope to break down structures of shame and stigma surrounding abortion experiences. They also work to support access to safe and legal abortion care. You can follow the link to 1in3 to read the stories of others, or share your own. We'd also like to welcome you to share your own story here, if you want to. (We will of course be watching comments closely in order to provide the safest space we can.)
As a last note: if you need any support after abortion, Exhale provides resources and a judgement-free, multi-language talkline that you may find helpful. Does anyone else have any resources they would like to recommend? If so, please share those in the comments as well! (Please make sure any recommendations are in line with VP's values of safe and judgement-free support. Thanks!)