tierce_headshot_800by Kelli

By repeating only the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, terrifying abortion stories, we protect a lie: that abortion isnít normal. We have learned to think of abortion with shame and fear. We have accepted the damaging idea that a person who wants an abortion must grovel before the consciences of others….

We have to stop categorizing abortions as justified or unjustified.

The best thing you can do if you support reproductive rights is to force people to realize that abortion is common, and the most common abortion is a five-to-15-minute procedure elected early in the first trimester by someone who doesnít want to be pregnant or have a child.

Itís our job to say itís O.K. if thatís the end of the story. Itís O.K. if itís boring or not traumatic or if you donít even know what it was.

The reasons, the feelings, the personal contexts ó these we can also talk about, but only after we grant to each woman the right to make and do with her body what she will. Regardless of whether or not a compelling story is on offer.

~ Merritt Tierce (pictured), who has had two abortions and is the former executive director of the Texas Equal Access Fund, exhorting pro-choicers to stick to the script when it comes to discussing abortion, The New York Times, September 13

[Photo via merritttierce.com]

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