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Advocacy Group Uses Women's Stories To Dispel Abortion Stigma

Advocacy Group Uses Women's Stories To Dispel Abortion Stigma

October 31, 2013 — Advocates for Youth on Tuesday wrapped up a "week of action" for its 1 in 3 Campaign, an initiative to combat stigma and politicization surrounding abortion by highlighting women's personal stories, Roll Call reports.

For the week of action, AFY hosted 100 events across 32 states and Washington, D.C., at which participants were invited to share their personal stories.

AFY Director Deb Hauser said, "When you see the diversity of the stories put together, you realize that a lot of the myths that you believe to be true about abortion just aren't." She added, "It isn't just young women or teenagers. ... You hear all the time that it's those irresponsible young people, but actually abortion is sought out by women across the generations throughout their reproductive life."

Although the Week of Action did not incorporate activism on Capitol Hill, Hauser said the 1 in 3 Campaign is also working to refute claims by antiabortion-rights politicians that "grisly conditions" are common at abortion clinics. For example, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) cited the Kermit Gosnell case in support of a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban (HR 1797) that passed the House.

"Abortion is a very personal and intimate decision that a family needs to make and politicians have no place in it," Hauser said.

According to Roll Call, several stories shared at a Week of Action event in D.C. also focused on state-level abortion restrictions, such as waiting periods and parental notification requirements (Hess, Roll Call, 10/29).