We Welcome You to 45 Million Voices…
45 Million Voices is dedicated to eliminating the stigma, shame, and silence surrounding abortion through education, empowerment, and sisterhood.
In this virtual space, we will share women’s stories of their abortions, unedited, posted as they are submitted to us. The goal is to provide a safe space to listen women into voice. A space where stigma is eradicated, silence is broken, and honesty prevails through the power of love and support.
The importance and power of this space cannot be overstated. It is here where, together, we will start the process of breaking down the stigma associated with abortion. The entire anti-abortion movement is dedicated to keeping women who have had an abortion silent. This is their strategy, and, unfortunately, it has been effective. By keeping women silent, fearful to say that they have had an abortion, shame is induced and automatically attached to abortion.
But we know now that this is a strategy. And now we can combat it.
With our voices. It is our most powerful asset.
At first, your voice might crackle a bit. At first, you might feel unsure, scared, intimidated. And why not? You have been inundated with a message over and over that having an abortion means you are a bad person and you should keep quiet.
Or maybe, your voice is ready. Maybe you have already been using your voice, telling your story. Now, you will have company. You will be joined by other voices, saying together “We have had abortions. And we are just like you. We are your mothers, your sisters, your daughters, your best friends, your wives, your girlfriends.”
This isn’t about politics. This isn’t even about pro-choice or anti-choice. This is about what is—reality, and why the stigma and shame must stop. Women have abortions. Husbands, boyfriends, mothers, friends take them to their appointments. Abortion providers must be protected, abortion rights should be a non-issue. It just is. No questions asked.
The harassment must stop, the silence must stop. Let’s come out, let’s say it. Together.
Can you imagine how loud 45 Million Voices are? Let’s make that a reality.
Why “45 Million Voices”?
The name refers to the following statistic from the Guttmacher Institute:
From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million legal abortions occurred.(Jones RK et al., Abortion in the United States: incidence and access to services, 2005, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, 40(1):6–16).