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Women Tweet About Having Abortion

Women Tweet Abortion Experiences

Americans can't seem to have a mature debate about abortion, so why not bring the discussion to a forum known for rational discourse: Twitter. Using the hashtag #ihadanabortion, women are currently making very public statements about abortion, a constantly challenged right that comes with a lot of stigma. The tweets, prompted by @IAmDrTiller, send the message that a woman does not have to be ashamed of her abortion. Some of the tweets:

#ihadanabortion and I don't regret having done so. It was the best choice in my situation, and I owe no one apologies.
#ihadanabortion and I've never regreted it.#prochoice
#ihadanabortion and i'm not sorry about it. It's MY life MY choice
#IHadAnAbortion @ 17 & no one helped much; every1 tried to protect the dude's reputation. Yuk. Grateful I had the option. I vote #prochoice.
Yep, #IHADANABORTION.. more than one, now that I am ready I am now 7 months pregnant w/ my 2nd child...my body, my decision!

The reaction by pro-life users is obviously negative, including: "Wow, what a sick feed #ihadanabortion There's nothing honorable in killing a developing child. There's nothing 2 be proud of, a baby is dead." But even people who are pro-choice can disagree about whether this hashtag represents too much information or brave activism. What do you think?

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Burkina Burkina 5 years
I've never been in that situation but I can only imagine what it does to a person. I dont think they take it lightly at all. Why should it be a taboo supject? Sometimes not having a baby is the right decision. Raising a child without money or shelter is extremely hard and has long term effects on children. They are not always better off alive.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I don't think this seems like they're proud of it at all. No one in this world would be. Even people who got abortions don't take it lightheartedly. I hope some of them found comfort in this.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 5 years
Thanks all! Please join us in removing the stigma associated with "abortion" (when is the last time you used the word without cringing just a little?) @IamDrTiller is the founder of The Abortion Gang (which I'm part of!) - we're a group of young reproductive justice advocates, and can be found writing at http://AbortionGang.org. Also, check out IAmDrTiller.com (@IAmDrTiller's other site) where abortion providers share their stories.One more thing - the preferred term for those against abortion is anti-choice - because they are against giving women the opportunity to make their own choices.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 5 years
Thanks all! Please join us in removing the stigma associated with "abortion" (when is the last time you used the word without cringing just a little?) @IamDrTiller is the founder of The Abortion Gang (which I'm part of!) - we're a group of young reproductive justice advocates, and can be found writing at http://AbortionGang.org. Also, check out IAmDrTiller.com (@IAmDrTiller's other site) where abortion providers share their stories. One more thing - the preferred term for those against abortion is anti-choice - because they are against giving women the opportunity to make their own choices.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 5 years
good for them - to not be afraid to stand up to the pro-lifers
Amandapedia Amandapedia 5 years
More power to them. I am pro-choice and I think it's good that there are women standing up and saying that they had one and they are okay with it because it was their decision. I hope if it ever comes down to it that I would have the option to make the choice myself. It's my body and my future so it should be my decision, not anyone elses, even if they do think it's wrong.
teperry3 teperry3 5 years
I'm prochoice, sometimes it is the best option for people when they are not mentally/emotionally or financially capable of taking care of a child. But there also is the option of adoption, but that also can take a huge emotional toll
lgutierrez1030 lgutierrez1030 5 years
I believe that women should have the right to choose. I know I would never have an abortion though.
amber512 amber512 5 years
While I am pro-choice, this comes off almost as bragging about it. I'm not exactly sure why, but this really bothers me.
katialoves katialoves 5 years
@ comment 1, i think there is a stigma in every society, not just here. and i dont think the stigma will ever go away.
katialoves katialoves 5 years
@ comment 1,i think there is a stigma in every society, not just here. and i dont think the stigma will ever go away.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I think this is great! It shows people the different experience people have had with abortion. There are so much misinformation out there that it's nice to actually know others' experience.
lockandkey lockandkey 5 years
I am prochoice, but I am still not sure that this is the best way to go about this. A woman's body, a woman's choice.
Carri Carri 5 years
I'm pro life and nothing will change my mind.
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