In healthcare, in the law, in culture we often encounter abortion stigma in the frame of a "debate" or a "controversy"; this focus on the battle over access, rights, morality, etc ends up amplifying the stigma and obscuring the real, lived experiences of those who have abortions, those who provide abortions, and those people who support sharing and storytelling. By valuing the expertise and the reality of the lives of people associated with abortion, we can actively understand and dismantle the ways in which reproductive health stigmas intersect and keep women's narratives subordinate to political jockeying. This collection focuses on resources that center the experiences or examine the narratives of people having abortions.
Abortion Privacy/Abortion Secrecy
Video lecture examining the role that securing abortion access through the right to privacy in the US has in reinforcing and being reinforced by fear of personal disclosure. Delivered to a UK audience at Birmingham Univeristy. Hosted on Youtube.
Facilitating Participatory Workshops
Briefing that provides information, ideas and tools to help facilitate dynamic workshops. Not specific to stigma, but an essential skill in stigma busting.
Abortion as a stigma: in the eyes of the beholder
investigation of social perceptions of abortion. Findings suggest shifting attention from characteristics of the stigmatized to observers' characteristics to understand stigmatization process.