I think we have mentioned this new abortion zine before, but I wanted to talk more about the concept of women speaking out about their own abortion experiences. Lou and I believe that until women start speaking out about their experiences the complexity of decision making around pregnancy will never be understood fully. And when I say abortion experience I am talking about the decision, the actual abortion, and the after part--what meaning each woman put on her experience, what wisdom she may have discovered, what she thinks about her life and all that stuff. We believe that pregnancy decisions are profound and even thinking about whether or not to continue a pregnancy is an affirmative exercise. You are really choosing to have that child when you consider the possibility of not having it. When you decide not to have it, you are balancing the rest of your life as well as that potential life. Even the most blase patient I have seen (and they really are RARE) is choosing to stay on the path she is on, making a choice for her life course in a way that makes it valued. It makes for a more conscious life, I think, even though you have to grapple with hard hard choices. Why we heap judgment and disdain on these women for their life choices is beyond me--I have never met a woman who is not TRYING to make her life--and her family's life--BETTER.
But I also welcome the scrutiny of abortion clinics. I always cringe when I read comments like the recent one here--the clinic I went to did not have counseling, it was cold etc etc. Medicine reacts to consumer demand like every other service and if the topic of abortion were not so taboo, women would have a lot to say and it would help the quality of services provided.
But I digress... Our Truths/Nuestras Verdades is about to have its premier issue of writings from women who have had abortions and their allies. It is to be in English and Spanish and both in print and online at www.ourtruths.org. You can get subscription and distribution information about it on the website. Read it, support it, and efforts like it, so that each woman's truth can be heard.