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#ShoutYourAbortion: Amelia Bonow Gets Blamed For Celebrating Abortion

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  •  October 7, 2015


Abortion, even though legal in a lot of countries, can be a tricky concept. Every individual has a different opinion and playing with the word abortion is like playing with fire.

And played with fire, she has. It all began as a challenge on the internet #ShoutYourAbortion. Within two weeks, the controversial topic spread is branches far and wide attracting rage as well as support from everywhere.

Amelia Bonow, 30, started with a goal to make women speak up about their abortions since most of them prefer to keep it a secret. She said in an interview, “A shout is not a celebration or a value judgment; it’s the opposite of a whisper, of silence. Even women who support abortion rights have been silent, and told they were supposed to feel bad about having an abortion.”

She had to leave her apartment due to the clash of thoughts with the rest of the world. She wanted the world to accept that every one in three women get an abortion done and they should be able to talk about it.

“I tweeted three times and each time got 20 or more responses, saying things like “baby killer” and “your child is waiting to forgive you in heaven,” she said in an interview. “I saw the ‘shout your abortion’ thing on Facebook or Twitter, and I thought, ‘That makes sense,’ ” said Ms. Sinreich, 44, who had a late-term abortion at high school. “In high school, I didn’t tell a soul except my mom and dad, not a single friend my age. My parents told me not to talk about it at school. It was embarrassing.”  

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