Abortion is a topic that raises controversy and many would rather steer clear of. The fact is that whether you are pro life or pro choice, women are still going to have abortions.
Some of these abortions are unsafe and lead to loss of life. According to African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), each year, an estimated 47,000 women across the globe die from unsafe abortions. Countless others suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. Approximately 13 per cent of maternal deaths globally are attributed to unsafe abortion. Ninety-five per cent of deaths and other complications related to unsafe abortions occur in developing countries.
The conversations were sparked by two women on social media.
— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 19, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsToday, the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion trended on twitter for the better part of the day. Below are some of the conversations.
People on the #ShoutYourAbortion judging women for their choices over their own bodies are the same who judge infertile women to be failures
— sarusley (@sarahlery) September 22, 2015
— EightyEightTweets (@helenkgreenwood) September 22, 2015
Women don’t CHOOSE to be raped. Her choice to abort a baby that was created from being rape is absolutely valid. #ShoutYourAbortion
— actual glass of wine (@amanixyasin) September 22, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThere were those who were against the hashtag, as seen on the following tweets.
Women who have exercised their legal right to choose don’t have to answer to me, but they will have to answer to Him. #ShoutYourAbortion
— Kate Shields (@KShields96) September 22, 2015
What?! Really? #ShoutYourAbortion Celebrating abortions? 50 million babies have been killed. We should be grieved NOT PROUD of that fact!
— Ryan Kondo (@ryankondo) September 22, 2015
How can you believe in equality while saying some babies don’t deserve to be born? #ShoutYourAbortion
— Caroline Craig (@CeeJayCraig) September 22, 2015
This is still going to be a topic of contention.
Sometimes, in order to follow our moral compass and/or our hearts, we have to make unpopular decisions or stand up for what we believe in.