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Pro-abortion groups are calling on women who've had abortions to share their positive stories about the experience by writing a 500 to 1,000 word essay that will be shared with the public on the #AbortionMatters blog.
Feminist Majority Foundation and its Choices Campus Leadership Program, which claims to be the world's largest pro-choice student network, has launched the #AbortionMatters "blog carnival" to allow for pro-abortion organizations and advocates to share their essays and policy pieces in support of abortion, and to "destigmatize abortion, encourage wider education on the procedure, and normalize the conversation."
The editorial requirements for the essays demand that submissions are written from the "pro-choice" perspective and illustrate how abortion "leads to better healthcare and well-being for women."
FMF originally established an Aug. 20 deadline for submissions, but has extended the deadline to Aug. 26, and will publish the essays that meet their guidelines.
The blog carnival is being held as part of the "31 Days of Unity" campaign that is calling on all pro-abortion organizations to lobby members of Congress to "stop the attacks on equal access to safe, legal, affordable reproductive health care-for all women nationwide."
Among the nonprofit organizations collaborating with FMF on the #AbortionMatters blog carnival is Advocates for Youth, an organization that "advocates for reproductive and sexual health." The organization is promoting the 1 in 3 campaign, which includes a book, titled 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime; these are our stories.
The book, which includes 40 stories from women who've had abortions, details accounts of women who say they felt that having a baby would be a "punishment;" and contains comments such as, "I have not missed the child it might have been;" as well as a statement from a woman who described her post-Roe v. Wade abortion as "dignified."
FMF's Choices Campus organizers also promote an "adopt-a-clinic" campaign in which college students can help support abortion clinics located near their university by mobilizing public opinion against anti-abortion protesters, or to provide campus outreach.
Similarly, FMF has since 2008 campaigned against crisis pregnancy centers that they label as being "fake" clinics because they don't provide abortions. College students are asked to identify the CPCs in their area, and to then petition their university to have the clinics dropped as providers listed at their institution. Students are also encouraged to distribute fliers at their school to warn others against using CPCs.
According to the FMF "toolkit" against CPCs, "Of the 398 campus health centers at four-year colleges that responded to FMF's national survey – accounting for 34 percent of the total student population in the country attending four-year schools – 48 percent routinely refer women who might be pregnant to crisis pregnancy centers."
The Christian Post contacted the Feminist Majority Foundation but did not receive comment at the time of this publication.