I did too!

This is most unkind of me and possibly even wrong:

Renee Bracey Sheman is unapologetic about her abortion. And she thinks everyone else should be, too.

The activist and author was 19 when she got an abortion. Little did she know at the time that her experience would lead to a decades-spanning career in reproductive justice work. As the founder and executive director of We Testify, Bracey Sherman has made it her life’s work to help other people tell their abortion stories, with a focus on the intersections of race, class and gender, as a way to eliminate stigma around the procedure.

I get the definite whiff there of someone who’s spent their adult life justifying to herself that decision of the teenage her. The entire performance being summed up as:

I did too make the right decision! I did too!

13 thoughts on “I did too!”

  1. Sherman has made it her life’s work to help other people tell their abortion stories, with a focus on the intersections of race, class and gender, as a way to eliminate stigma around the procedure.

    Because we live in a clown world, whenever you hear about somebody trying to eliminate a ‘stigma’, you can be sure the stigma exists for good reasons.

    As in, killing your own child in the womb is a horrifying, terrible thing. Even if you believe it can be justified, it’s not something that any normal person, with normal human empathy, would just shrug off as if you swatted a fly.

    Renee Bracey Sherman spoke to HuffPost about the power of telling your abortion story and the racist roots of the anti-abortion movement

    Those racist bastards who believe black babies matter.

  2. I’m wondering how one can be both biracial and Black

    It’s because Black, as opposed to black, is a political term.

  3. and the racist roots of the anti-abortion movement

    whut?

    …the racist roots of the abortion movement, more like

  4. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    Half of the kids of my kidded acquaintances are acknowledged accidents. And rather less the “we didn’t mind precisely when #3 happened” so much as “we didn’t plan #1 now but it happened” kind of accidents.

    OK, abortion in Germany is a bit more taboo and a bit less accessible, but still, is this as big a thing in ‘murica as is made of it?

  5. “I had to kill my kid, because I didn’t want to sacrifice my future career.”

    “And what career is that?”

    “Justifying my decision to kill my kid.”

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