Q – WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ABORTION?
A – ANYTHING YOU WANT.
The options are vast. You can discuss the current political climate in America. You can discuss history of abortion. Or cultural norms in your family or religious community. You can discuss reasons women have or need abortions. You can tell your own stories.
One #TogetherForAbortion host submitted her questions to us to share below – feel free to take inspiration – but also know that these events belong to you! Create your own questions, and hold space however you feel comfortable. Only you can know what works for you.
SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Shout Your Abortion January 22, 2016 Event
General discussion questions
For many years, anti-abortion advocates have framed abortion as a decision that is emotionally, physically, and mentally difficult for a women, and can have serious psychological consequences. As a result, even pro-choice politicians and advocates refer to abortion as “difficult,” and “life-changing.”
However, the large body of peer-reviewed research shows that, in fact, women who receive abortions overwhelmingly feel happiness and relief and very few experience negative psychological effects.
- How is it possible that after 43 years of legal abortions, the rhetoric in America still centers on the very minuscule reported negative psychological effects, versus the enormous positive emotional effects that research actually validates?
- How can we change the rhetoric?
- What kind of emotions arise when you discuss abortion?
- Who have you discussed abortion with? Why do you think you have talked about it with these people, versus others in your life?
- Have you talked to your mother or grandmother about abortion?
- Abortions have been documented in human history as far as ancient times. When abortion laws are strict or abortion is prohibited, women find ways (often unsafe) to abort. Yet in the United States, there are dozens of states where one clinic serves a large and vast geographical population, effectively reducing or eliminating access. Anti-abortion activists tout the life of the child as the most important part of banning abortion.
- What does this say about the life of the woman?
- How can we frame abortion as a necessary and life-saving procedure?
- How can we reframe abortion and the debate away from a “life-or-death” discussion, and move it into the sphere of family planning and contraception? Abortion is legal, less stigmatized, and covered by insurance in a number of modern nations.
- What can we learn from the rhetoric and language of abortions in these countries?