By Ann Rose Greenberg, JWI Marketing Coordinator
One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. That’s a lot of women. So why don’t we ever talk about it? Are we still ashamed, even decades after the legalization for which we fought so hard? If we don’t talk about it, how can we help the women who are faced with such an emotional decision?
We need to share our stories so those 1 in 3 will know they’re not alone, and so society and Congress will know that we value a woman’s right to choose. That’s why Advocates for Youth, Choice USA and Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom created their 1 in 3 Campaign.
The 1 in 3 Campaign is a movement to reach over 1,000,000 people with personal stories about abortion and the importance of access to basic health care. People are invited to share their stories– in video if they are comfortable, in writing if they’d prefer to be anonymous – and pledge to start a conversation about abortion with three people by sharing one’s own story or a story from the 1 in 3 Campaign.
Unplanned and unwanted pregnancies are a fact of life, and without a safe and legal way to terminate these pregnancies, women’s health is at risk. “We tried all kinds of things to make me miscarry — doing hundreds of sit ups, pushing our full-sized cars around the block, taking pills with arsenic in them, etc. Nothing worked. I even contemplated suicide,” says one woman in her story. “Over the years, I’ve been amazed to learn how many of my friends have had similar experiences — once I break down and tell them about my experience, they often come back with a similar story of their own.”
The quality of life for the women and their families is at risk as well. Another woman shares about needing to borrow money from 2 different relatives to get the $350 to pay for her abortion. “We didn’t even have any money to get the abortion done. How could we not have money for that, but have money to raise another [child],” she asks.
And because knowledge is power, the 1 in 3 Campaign offers information about abortion policy at the state, federal, and US foreign policy levels. There is also an abortion timeline, and of course resources and information about the abortion procedure.