Exhale, a national organization focused on the emotional health and wellbeing of people after abortion, has declared April to be Abortion Wellbeing Month. It is a month to raise awareness about the support people need after going through a very difficult decision.
One way that this can be done is through a project called Histories of Choice that is being orchestrated by Florida Gulf Coast University. This project began as one aimed to gather stories from those who had experiences with abortion prior to the 1973 Roe vs. Wade trial that made abortion legal in the United States. Since then, the project has expanded, gathering stories from anyone who has a past or current story about reproductive rights.
This project is based in oral histories where historians along with interview individuals, record the interview, and transcribe it so that they may be published for future research. These oral histories are so important because they are giving people a chance to tell their story and they are giving them an opportunity to have their experienced preserved as a primary document forever. Allowing future generations to listen and read about what it was like when abortion was not legal, the fight to keep it legal, as well as abortion experiences in more recent times, helps to remind them why abortion should stay safe and legal. It is also a powerful tool to remind women and their families that they are not alone.
The Histories of Choice project is still looking for stories to gather. They want to talk to anyone and everyone who wishes to be part of the project.
If you wish to be interviewed by this project, please send a BLANK e-mail to email@example.com and one of the historians involved will be in contact with you.
*If you wish to be involved in the project but not have your name disclosed, there are options to stay anonymous or have an alternate name.