Archive for November 2012

Meet our Board member, Rev. Darcy Baxter

November 21, 2012

title=”Meet our Board member, Rev. Darcy Baxter”>Meet our Board member, Rev. Darcy Baxter

In this essay, Darcy Baxter outlines her beliefs and her compassion for women dealing with unintended pregnancies. Her philosophy: Let us say: “Things get messy. We will be there for you through it all.” Proud to work with you!

Abortion Experiences are Transforming

November 21, 2012

title=”Abortion Experiences are Transforming”>Abortion Experiences are Transforming

Melinda McKew, a board member of Georgia Reproductive Justice Action Network has written a moving post about helping a woman get her abortion and remembers her own experience. GRJAN is a grantee of the Abortion Conversation Project and we are proud of her for being willing to use her own experience to help others. Stigma runs deep, but open and honest conversation is the best way through it. Melinda, we salute you!

Abortion Monologues; Election Discourse too!

November 9, 2012

The Abortion Conversation Project is very proud to have supported a successful production of the “Abortion Monologues” by the Concord Feminist Health Center in NH. They put it on right before the election and hopefully that stimulated some positive dialogue in New Hampshire.  Read about the performance of Abortion Monologues here; staff at Concord Feminist participated as actors and there was a panel discussion afterwards.

It is quite remarkable to have abortion go from “a word that must not be spoken” to more or less THE topic (besides JOBS) in the election discourse. Of course, there were code words for abortion, but it was more out there than ever before. We think it is a huge step to have abortion discussed as part of the War on Women, as one of many ways that women are attacked or held back by our culture, our laws, or by the free floating stigma surrounding women’s choices. Some of us are old enough to remember the early second wave of feminism when all women’s “issues” were more or less versions of the same thing. Over the years, we have gotten divided into domestic violence issues, or abortion issues, or other causes that were eventually not connected with the general status of women.

The Abortion Conversation Project realizes that women are stigmatized by many of the choices we make, so we were  very happy to support another campaign, “You are a Good Woman” by Unite Women.org. More to come on that project, but check out their  great videos here.

We will have more news on some of our great grantee projects. Stay tuned and if you like what you see, do give us a donation on our website so that we can keep funding grassroots activism that shifts the cultural conversations about abortion. Donate here.

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