University of Wisconsin–Madison

State Legislators and Abortion Stories: A Toolkit for Transformation

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Health
Storytelling is a vulnerable way to share experiences and listen to another's perspective, particularly to shift a narrative and build connections between communities. Since the beginning of time, families and communities have used oral storytelling and written stories to share family histories, pass down traditions, and advise new generations on the future. This is true for sharing stories of personal abortion experiences as well - whether it was to pass on the recipe of an abortion-inducing tea back when abortion was illegal, to shift the minds of Supreme Court justices in a court brief, or connecting with a loved one to feel less alone, people have been sharing abortion stories to change the narrative - and policies - around abortion access in the United States for centuries. Personal abortion stories have been monumental in pushing for increased access to care, historically and in our modern fight. And personal stories are becoming more present in our conversation around abortion in state legislatures across the country. An abortion story, put simply, is the true experience of someone who has had an abortion.

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