My Decision Project introduces the often-missing and most important voices in the discussion about abortion: the voices of those who have experienced abortion.
I have created My Decision Project to provide a platform for these voices to be heard.
My Decision Project features fifty individuals who have had an abortion or have been involved in the abortion experience – partners, friends, relatives, counselors, providers. Each person is represented by a photographic portrait and a first-person narrative.
The storytellers come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and generations. They live in urban, suburban and rural areas throughout America. Together they will provide a very broad, complex and poignant picture of abortion in our country.
Every story is unique. Every story has something to share. Many are surprising.
I have created My Decision Project because these nuanced stories have the potential to mitigate the profound stigma that surrounds abortion. Very few Americans realize than one out of four women will have an abortion during their reproductive years.
I have created My Decision Project because deep-seated beliefs can soften and change after taking in somebody's story. We saw this in the Civil Rights and Gay Rights movements when people began to give voice to their personal stories.
David Isay, Founder of the Story Corps Project shares this view:
"The person whose story you are listening to is different than you. Hopefully, when you hear one of these stories you're going to recognize a little bit of yourself in someone you thought different. . . I've always believed the ability of a story authentically told to build bridges of understanding between people. " -
I have created My Decision Project because individuals deserve the right to make their own decisions about their health and well-being, to decide if and when to have a child. This includes the decision to have an abortion and to have safe access to it.
My Decision Project will be disseminated widely through a published book, a traveling exhibition to community venues, and digital media.
If you would like more information or would like to participate in the project, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click on the “get involved” tab on the menu to see three ways your participation would be appreciated. email@example.com.
This is a current project of socialgoodfund.org, a 501(c)(3), a not-for-profit.