#ShoutYourAbortion: Planned Parenthood Defunding Criticism Goes Viral

By Jelani James Sep 23, 2015 12:08 PM EDT
#ShoutYourAbortion
Started by three woman who wanted to bring the discussion about abortion into the public eye, their Shout Your Abortion movement has gained thousands of followers over social media.

"Shout Your Abortion," a social media campaign started by three U.S. activists concerned about Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, has gone viral as women continue to pick up the cause and share their experiences, despite attempts from pro-life campaigners to impede it.

Trending under the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion, the campaign was started over the weekend after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, in light of allegations of the organization selling fetal tissue obtained from abortions for profit, according to Fox's Denver affiliate Fox31.

The creators of the campaign: Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison said they began the campaign in a bid to encourage women to reclaim the conversation about abortion.

Bonow shared her own story Saturday on Facebook with the hashtag, reported CNN. Since then, many have taken up the cause and have shared their own stories.

However, others who believe that abortion is equivalent to murder have spoken out and denounced the campaign, according to Yahoo! News.

Representing a third point of view, one user felt that someone's stance on the matter is irrelevant and asserted that the discussion has become too public. "Regardless of your stance on abortion, why can't we all agree it's not something to brag about? Why is #ShoutYourAbortion a thing? Ugh," wrote Twitter user comcatholicgirl.

However, West notes that's the entire point of the movement: to make the discussion public and have women's voices be heard. "You never have to feel ashamed of your personal medical decisions," she tweeted. "You can speak about them at full volume."

 

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