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Out Of Silence Sparks Dialogue About Abortion

A new play seeks to prompt discussion, following the success of The Vagina Monologues.

Photo Courtesy of Advocates for Youth, Tuyet Pham (on the left) and Celeste Jones (right)

A new play debuted in Washington D.C. earlier this week called Out of Silence, which consists of 13 different scenes about abortion based on real people’s accounts.

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American Women Are Finally Talking About Their Abortions

A new online community and a growing chorus of female politicians are de-stigmatizing the controversial choice.

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“The antidote to shame is connectedness,” says Emily Letts, an abortion counselor in New Jersey who created a viral video documenting her own abortion earlier this year. Letts, along with Texan Sherry Merfish and her daughters Beth and Brett Merfish, founded the Not Alone project, an online community where women and men are encouraged to share their abortion stories through written and video submissions. Letts hopes her own video shows other women that most abortions aren’t scary or complicated.

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What's Different About Mississippi's Personhood Amendment?

Mississippi voters are about to weigh in on the most radical anti-abortion amendment since Roe v. Wade.


On November 8, all eyes of the abortion debate will be on Mississippi voters. They'll be casting their ballots for or against Proposition 26, also known as the Personhood Amendment, which would grant fertilized eggs constitutional rights as people. The amendment would effectively ban not only abortion, but other far less controversial things like morning-after pills, the IUD, and in-vitro fertilization.

This is the most radical attempt to outlaw abortion since Roe v. Wade, and it's the most likely measure of its kind to declare victory. Here's why Prop 26 is different—and why it may be the rudest awakening the pro-choice movement has had in years.

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