Thousands of women turned to Twitter Monday to publicly laud their abortions.
Using the viral hashtag “#ShoutYourAbortion,” women from various backgrounds explained why they chose to terminate their pregnancies and how they thought it had benefited their lives.
My abortion was in '10 & the career I've built since then fulfills me & makes me better able to care for kids I have now. #ShoutYourAbortion
— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 20, 2015
My abortion was in 2008. It saved my life and allowed me to escape an abusive, emotionally and physically violent man. #ShoutYourAbortion
— hi, is this meagan? (@mgnwrites) September 21, 2015
I've never wanted to have children, so I had an abortion. I'm thriving, without guilt, without shame, without apologies. #ShoutYourAbortion
— favianna rodriguez (@favianna) September 21, 2015
— Bonita Applebum (@Crass_Sass) September 21, 2015
I was a married mother of 6 whose husband was struggling to make ends meet. We made the best decision for OUR family. #ShoutYourAbortion
— datchik (@barbarayvette) September 21, 2015
I had an abortion. My body, my life, my choice. End of story. #shoutyourabortion
— FemSense (@fem_cents) September 21, 2015
I'm proud to have had an abortion. Was a time I respected my life, relationship & body enough to do what was right for me #shoutyourabortion
— Robyn Swirling (@RSwirling) September 20, 2015
Others, however, were disturbed that the hashtag would trend on Twitter. Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin called on activists to tweet with a counter-hashtag to highlight a recent series of undercover videos that purport to show abortion-provider Planned Parenthood selling fetal parts.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 22, 2015
#ShoutYourAbortion disturbs me on so many levels…why feel the need to 'shout' your elected surgery ending a child's life?
— Brittney (@brittparker88) September 21, 2015
The greatest example of "privilege" is murdering someone else out of convenience and calling it "empowering" #ShoutYourAbortion
— chelsea (@chelsea_elisa) September 21, 2015
— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) September 21, 2015
Just when I thought I had seen the trashiest of hashtags….along comes… #ShoutYourAbortion
— Ulysses (@Just_a_Texan) September 21, 2015
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