Interviewer couldn’t convince women to talk about their abortions

Byllye Avery, founder of the National Black Women’s Health Project, interviewed many women about their life experiences. She says:

“Women have been totally silent about all the issues. But the issue they were most silent about was abortion. I was amazed that women would talk about the worst kinds of psychological abuse. But they would not talk about their abortions.”

Quoted in Serena Garcia Collective Voices: Newsletter: Defending Abortion Rights as Black Women (Atlanta, Georgia: SisterSong, Summer 2011) 6

Is there something about abortion that is so traumatic that women can’t talk about it? Many women just want to forget their abortions and never tell anyone. If abortion was just the removal of cells, akin to getting a tooth pulled, why would women have such a hard time owning up to and discussing their abortions?

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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