Everyone has a story. And no one is immune to the effects of a society that routinely shuns truth-telling about everyday experiences like abortion, miscarriage, gender-affirming treatment—even breastfeeding. Against this backdrop, Sea Change is making waves—bringing diverse stories to light, inspiring dialogue, and shifting beliefs in favor of a world where everyone can live with dignity throughout their sexual and reproductive lives.
What is abortion stigma?
Abortion stigma is the shared understanding that abortion is socially and morally unacceptable.
This stigma has disastrous consequences around the world. People seeking abortions are bullied, shamed, marginalized, and sometimes even prevented by law or intimidation from seeking safe health care services. Abortion providers are harassed, dehumanized and targeted by regulation and anti-abortion advocates.
Stigma leads to the social, medical, and legal marginalization of abortion care around the world and is a barrier to access to high quality, safe abortion care.
What are we doing about it?
Engaging communities to create change
We shed light on everyday stories that have been in the shadows for too long. Stories that have the power to change conversations and beliefs in favor of what we require—from legislators, family members, and peers—to lead safe and healthy reproductive lives. Learn more »
Training & supporting the field
Bringing a background in public health research to the reproductive rights, health, and justice field, we’re helping activists strengthen, measure, and sustain their stories and strategies for change. Learn more »
Conducting original research
We conduct research to ensure communities have the knowledge and resources they need to challenge misperceptions and defend everyone’s right to self-determination and reproductive health. Learn more »
Do you care about people feeling visible, connected, and supported?
Shatter stigma in your community by hosting a discussion of Untold Stories
More and more people are compelled to tell their stories and refuse to let stigma and shame hold sway over their lives. Story by story, community by community, we can connect with one another to change the national conversation. Join us in challenging bias and discrimination by signing up to host an Untold Stories reading group.
Originally posted on Medium and Feministing By: Alexis Hoffman, UCSF, Program in Woman-Centered Contraception; Christine Dehlendorf, UCSF, Program in Woman-Centered Contraception; Lauren Himiak, The Sea Change Program Imagine you are pregnant and don’t want…