A project where women brag about aborting their unborn babies is gaining momentum once again with publicity surrounding its new book, “Shout Your Abortion.”
The pro-abortion campaign of the same name took off three years ago with Seattle woman Amelia Bonow. Since then, it has been promoted by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Amy Brenneman and Martha Plimpton, women’s magazines, and national news outlets.
Bonow told the Seattle Times that their goal is “humanizing, normalizing and de-stigmatizing” abortion. She said their new book has almost 100 stories of people from age 19 to 85 who have had abortions.
Sharing about aborting her own unborn baby, she wrote: “I’m telling you my story plainly, proudly, flippantly even, because we have all been brainwashed to believe that the absence of negative emotions around having an abortion is the mark of an emotionally bankrupt person. It’s not. I have a good heart and my abortion made me happy.”
After sharing her story in 2015, the campaign took off. According to the report:
Her friend, the Seattle writer Lindy West, read the piece and added the hashtag — #ShoutYourAbortion — that was retweeted over 150,000 times.
Stories started pouring in from all corners of the country. From older women and younger, established professionals and students just starting out. They came from victims of incest and rape, people of different genders and political and religious backgrounds. Some were trapped in abusive relationships, or weren’t medically able to carry a wanted pregnancy.
The stories serve to combat anti-choice rhetoric that Bonow and West believe keep people in secrecy, shame, poverty, toxic and abusive relationships and devalue their ambitions.
… In the time since, Bonow has created a Seattle nonprofit, traveled the country and over the last year, and with the help of West and editor Emily Nokes, turned some of the essays into a book that she called “a physical manifestation of a movement.”
The pro-abortion news site Rewire claimed the revived “Shout Your Abortion” campaign is needed now more than ever as pro-life leaders work tirelessly to end abortion or, as the site phrased it, “the legislative and judicial attacks on reproductive rights” in America.
“The significance of the book—and books of its kind—cannot be overstated,” Rewire claimed. “For Bonow and her colleagues, these pieces of our cultural history had to be recorded in such an unapologetic way because the times we’re living through call for nothing less.”
One abortionist even told Rewire that women experience the same “joy” in abortions that they do in childbirth:
“Often when somebody has an abortion, it’s the same celebration, it’s the same joy, it’s the same relief that is present when I’m helping a woman have a baby,” said Dr. Yashica Robinson, who maintains a private OB-GYN practice in Huntsville, Alabama, while also providing abortion care at the Alabama Women’s Center. “Being able to be there for women, allowing them to exercise their right to choose, and then seeing their relief and gratitude when they leave the clinic … it’s overwhelming.”
Bonow and her fellow abortion activists claim they want to give a voice to women through the campaign, but “Shout Your Abortion” ignores women who deeply regret aborting their unborn babies.
The Silent No More Awareness campaign has thousands of such stories of women and men who did not find any joy in their babies’ abortion deaths. Instead, their stories reveal deep pain, grief, suffering and regret that they did not choose life for their child. Many were lied to and manipulated by the abortion industry, some even were pressured into abortions, while others chose to abort their unborn babies thinking they knew what was best. Later, these individuals painfully discovered that they made the biggest mistake of their life by destroying the life of their own child.
Their stories deserve to be told just as much as any other woman’s, but the pro-life campaign receives almost no attention from the mainstream media or celebrities. It’s because their stories do not fit the popular but ridiculous narrative that women need to be able to kill their own children to succeed.