2015 saw the birth of the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag, a twitter trend that resulted in women sharing over 250,000 stories of their abortions–many for the first time. But this viral internet speakout had its roots in the early feminist speakouts on abortion that got the movement off the ground when abortion was still illegal. Speakouts counter the shaming, silencing and guilt tripping of women by the Right–which have always worked to keep us divided so that we cannot recognize our true numbers and build the movement we need.
On Thursday, January 7, 9-10 PM Joy of Resistance is proud to start off the year with an intergenerational meeting on the air of veteran and newer practitioners of the “Speakout” as a means of fighting back. We’ll hear from both today’s young internet organizers today and a veteran activist who led the disruption of an abortion hearing in 1969 which resulted in a chain of events leading to the passage, in 1970, of the New York State law legalizing abortion–one of the first in the country.
Guests wil be: Amelia Bonow, co-founder of the #shoutyourabortion hashtag; Ashley Tucker, Attorney, President of the New York Chapter of #shoutyourabortion and member of National Womens Liberation; Rebecca Grant, jounalist/author of the recent article The Radical Heritage of the Shout Your Abortion Hashtag; and Kathie Sarachild, reknowned women’s liberation pioneer, who, in 1969, led off the disruption of an abortion hearing that made all the papers and led to the first historic Redstockings-organized Abortion Speakout a few months later.
In 2015, almost 400 anti-abortion bills were introduced and 47 passed–on top of the record-setting 231 abortion restrictions passed from 2011 through 2014. Attacks on Planned Parenthood and independent providers ran the gamut from shootings to arson to an “investigation” of Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill–based on a doctored videotape produced by the far right. Meanwhile the Supreme court has announced that it will consider Whole Woman’s Health vs. Cole–a major case involving restrictions that can or cannot be placed on abortion clinics. This case could come before the court as early as February.
*Title taken from Rebecca Grant’s article of the same name
Audio of show (from WBAI website)