October 2, 2015 — Online threats directed at one of the creators of the #ShoutYourAbortion social media campaign prompted her to abandon her home and relocate to an undisclosed location, the Los Angeles Times reports (La Ganga, Los Angeles Times, 9/30).
Amelia Bonow, Kimberly Morrison and Lindy West started "#ShoutYourAbortion" to coincide with the House votes on bills that would restrict abortion care and Planned Parenthood funding.
Bonow posted her own story and tagged it on Facebook. "I had an abortion at Planned Parenthood last year and it was a great experience," Bonow said in an interview. She added, "Not only am I not ashamed, but I know I'm incredibly lucky to have access to this choice and we need to keep it that way" (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/25).
According to the Times, the #ShoutYourAbortion social media campaign is one of several launched to support Planned Parenthood amid ongoing defunding efforts. Others include #StandWithPP, which was launched during a 2011 effort to defund Planned Parenthood, and #PinkOut, which launched earlier this week when Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, had to testify before Congress.
Concerns for Safety
Bonow's address was published online and she began receiving death threats, according to the Los Angeles Times.
David Hale, vice president of development for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, on Tuesday called Bonow and connected her with a security expert for Planned Parenthood. The expert put Bonow in contact with the Seattle Police Department and the FBI, who could be able to evaluate the threats and expedite Bonow's safe return home.
"It does take people who are bold enough and brave enough to stand up and say they won't be intimidated," Hale said, adding, "The least we can do is arm her with what we've learned about how we have kept our patients and staff safe over the years."
Separately, Bonow said, "We're not going to be drowned out by the people who make me not want to be at my apartment now." She added, "Many women want to live in a world where you can say, 'I've had an abortion, and I'm perfectly fine with that,' and not have people saying they want to kill you" (Los Angeles Times, 9/30).