Think All Stigma is Targeted at Abortion-Seekers? Think Again.

[Ed. Note: This post is one of a series, presented by NARAL Pro-Choice Washington as part of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s CPC Week of Action. For the full list of posts on this topic, click here.]

Posted by Social Media and Project Intern Michelle Auster

Happen to remember this post from a couple of months ago? In it we talked about how common abortion is, yet how much stigma is still directed at women who seek or receive them. 

“…if all the women in the world who have had an abortion [lived] together in one country…it would be the third most populous country in the world. Think about the level of discrimination against a group so large.”

It may come as a surprise to some people that 1 in 3 women in their lifetime will have an abortion.

So consider that number proportionally to how many people are licensed providers of abortion.

Then consider the stigma that makes these statistics seem surprising in the first place. It doesn’t just affect women. It affects their doctors too. And it’s something we should talk about more.

Fortunately, Steph Herold at RH Reality Check recently covered the misconceptions around abortion providers, the stigma they face every day, and possible solutions to reduce it. 

You can read the whole article here


While you’re at it, sign the 1 in 3 Campaign’s pledge to help de-stigmatize abortion.

Taking the time to think about what abortion providers face going into work might be an intimidating thing. Consider, especially, the threats that many of them receive from anti-choicers, and many of the myths perpetuated about them — often by Crisis Pregnancy Centers. This week we are raising awareness about these CPCs and their many negative impacts on choice. It’s important to not leave out the providers in these discussions as well.

Please consider helping us to spread awareness about Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and share your story with us. Demand truth in healthcare.


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