Should there still be stigma around having an abortion? | The Tylt

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"Girls" star Lena Dunham is in hot water after saying she wished she had an abortion on her podcast. Dunham says she just wants to help reduce the stigma around abortion—but if you're pro-life, that essentially normalizes infanticide. Pro-choice activists disagree, and say a legal medical procedure that more than 40 percent of American women have had should carry no stigma. But despite campaigns to destigmatize abortion, talking openly about having one remains taboo. Should it be?

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Even though abortion is legal, the stigma around the procedure remains intense. 

Kate Cosby, a University of California—San Francisco researcher who studies the stigma and emotions that surround abortion, found women who have abortions specifically try to distance themselves from other people who had them, because they don't want to be the stereotypical, shameful, sexually promiscuous woman who is careless about birth control. 

Another hashtag campaign designed to reduce the stigma, #ShoutYourAbortion, resulted in so many death threats that hashtag users had to delete their accounts. Pro-choice activists are trying to normalize abortion, but it is an uphill battle.

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If you believe an abortion is the taking of an innocent human life, then of course it needs to be stigmatized. For many in the pro-life camp, the idea of stigmatizing abortion is redundant in the same way that stigmatizing murder would be. Similar to how domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty, and bullying have become increasingly unacceptable in modern society, pro-life activists want to reduce the incidence of abortion by not just making it illegal, but endowing it with severe social consequences.

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Even pro-choice activists found Dunham's comment about wishing she had an abortion ignorant and disrespectful. They say there are ways to normalize abortion that do not involve joking about it, and Dunham's remark actually brings shame on the pro-choice/feminist agenda.

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If you believe life begins at conception, the argument over whether or not abortion "should" be stigmatized sounds insane—it's already infanticide and should never be normalized, any more than incest or cannibalism would be.

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Pro-choice activists say abortion is a legal medical procedure that nearly 1 out of every 3 American women have had performed. Letting secrecy, shame and stigma pervade the conversation, even with statements like "no one likes abortion," essentially allows pro-life groups to define the procedure as shameful and evil.

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Should there still be stigma around having an abortion?
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#DontShameAbortion
#StigmatizeAbortion