The truth is that 1 in 4 American women will have an abortion in her lifetime. These are people with families, jobs, friends, hopes, and dreams.
Abortion has been part of people's lives for thousands of years. If you have not had an abortion yourself, chances are that someone close to you has. Abortion is common and safe. Abortion is an important component in the spectrum of reproductive health care. Abortion is a normal and necessary part of people’s lives.
Yet the barrage of misinformation about abortion and the people who have them has created a culture of shame and secrecy associated with this common experience. This is abortion stigma.
To learn more about abortion stigma, check out our My Abortion, My Life project. If you have an abortion story or first-hand experience with abortion, you can also share your story to help break the cycle of silence, shame, and stigma surrounding abortion.