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What is inspiring our Steering Committee in 2019?

This year brings us a group of committed individuals who have spent many years of their lives fighting abortion stigma, and who are now coming together from a wide range of geographic and work experiences to strengthen the inroads network. Each and every Steering Committee member juggles many stigma-shattering roles and is an active voice […]

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#IResistWePersist: How inroads persists and resists in difficult times.

In observance of September 28th, the International Day for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, we decided to share more widely the message of solidarity I first drafted in the wake of upsetting political events that happened in 2016. The wake has not subsided, and in many ways has grown more complicated, more fraught for […]

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Giving her, the woman, life: Dismantling the damage abortion stigma does to young people and communities

My journey to understanding the dynamics of abortion stigma began first in Senior High School, when our School chaplain at Mass asked me a question in front of the student body “What will you do if you get pregnant?” Immediately I realized, I had never been asked that question but I knew what the answer […]

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Abortion stigma and young people – let’s talk about it

As young leaders for sexual and reproductive health and rights, we see the negative impact of abortion and sexuality stigma every day: restrictive laws and policies, health-care providers who deter young people from using reproductive health services, and little community support for young leaders such as ourselves, simply because we are young. Girls and young […]

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Engendering progressive discourse on abortion through media collaborations

One of the things that I think about a lot, sometimes obsessively, is how to get more people who are situated outside of the feminists/activists circles, to talk openly about abortion within their own social networks, be it with their friends, family, co-workers, etc. And although I would certainly be thrilled if the mainstream discourse […]

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In combating abortion stigma, finding the most responsible—and effective—tools

For more than 45 years, Planned Parenthood Global (PP Global) has been working to expand access to safe and legal abortion services, especially where access to providers is most needed. A big part of that work is combating abortion stigma. While abortion is legally allowed in nearly every country where we work throughout Africa and Latin America, […]