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Mabel’s Voices

The goal of the project is to end the shame, silence, and stigma that surround abortion and to stop the marginalization of reproductive health. We believe that when we share our experiences with abortion, we empower ourselves and others. By telling your story, you let others know that women who have abortions are a diverse group. There is not just one type of person who has abortions. It is a normal and necessary part of reproductive lives. The stories collected through the Mabel’s Voices Project will be compiled into materials such as blogs, brochures, films, and booklets that can be used to help others understand their options and make informed choices about their reproductive lives. Click here to share your story.

  1. We All Have Bad Days

    Catherine Frederick’s Story told on May 19, 2016 at Mabel Wadsworth Center’s Annual Dinner Celebration We have bad days, long weeks, and difficult years. For me, February 2015 was the endpoint of a disparaging brutish year. It was early in the month and I was staring at a positive pregnancy test. It was the fourth test… read more…

  2. I Wouldn’t Call it Regret

    I’m a 48 year old woman, wife and mother of two wonderful children who are now young adults. When I was 34, I was a single mother, struggling to work, finish graduate school, and get sober. I feel like I had been a good mom up until my 34th year when I suddenly left a… read more…

  3. From the Bottom of My Heart

    Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, From the moment I first called to make an appointment to the moment I walked out the door afterward, I never once felt uncomfortable, unsafe, or judged. Instead, I felt safe, comfortable, understood, and respected. The attention that was paid to ensure all of these conditions was incredible and the… read more…

  4. My Primary Emotion was Relief

    Written by Jessy Brainerd When I was in eighth grade at Catholic School, in my Religion class, we had to take part in a mock debate project. I felt incredibly lucky to get to argue the “Pro-Life” side of the abortion debate. It was simple to me – abortion is murder, and anyone who had… read more…

  5. Abortion as a Moral Choice

    Written by The Reverend Anne C. Fowler, Episcopal priest In April of 1973 my husband left me, pleading that he had fallen in love with our upstairs tenant and wanted to spend his life with her. I was four months pregnant. Roe v. Wade had been decided three months earlier. My obstetrician sent me to… read more…

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