Dear Congress:

FullSizeRender 2The Abortion Diary Podcast’s founder has something to say Congress:

“As someone who’s had an abortion and, again, spoken with over 200 people who have as well, I can assure you of this: When we have an abortion, we are making the right decision for ourselves, our bodies, our families, our communities, and our futures. We will not change our minds or back down from what we know is right for us because of your archaic and reprehensible laws. The idea that we should take note from politicians about how to navigate our bodies is one that we as a community will not only denounce, but also continue to reject and resist. Abortion is a personal choice. Period. It is not up for political debate.” – Melissa Madera (The Abortion Diarist)

Read the rest of her letter on SELF Magazine‘s website.

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Happy New Year!

There isn’t a new abortion diary entry this week. I’ll be posting a new story on Tuesday, January 3rd, and return to our weekly schedule. Until then listen to over 140 stories that have already been posted on The Abortion Diary, and listen to the new audio mosaic (#142) of some Abortion Diary story-sharers talking about why they want to share their stories.

Thank you for listening, and have a safe and happy New Years. ~ Melissa


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Melissa was featured in Rewire


Dr. Melissa Madera, Founder of The Abortion Diary Podcast, was interviewed for Rewire‘s new Artist at Work series!

“I don’t speak to the political explicitly because I don’t want to ever shift my main focus: providing people with a platform to talk freely about their abortions, because they don’t have anywhere else to do that.”

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Melissa was interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition

Did you listen to NPR’s Weekend Edition on Saturday Morning? Melissa was interviewed by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about her work with The Abortion Diary Podcast. You can now listen online!
“It’s not always the political [process] that makes change, as much as the people who are out there who are really sharing and talking with each other in their communities. Because that’s really the place where we’re going to make change — in our communities. So we feel safer to tell our stories.”

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Check out our profile in The Washington Post!

I was interviewed by a reporter from The Washington Post about my work with The Abortion Diary (a.k.a. my love / my passion / my life’s work) and the article she wrote was featured on the front page of Friday’s paper.Two years ago, I left New York City with very little money and a microphone, and followed my heart. I am so glad I did. I am so grateful to be able to continue to do this work and meet so many inspiring people.  Over 160 people have shared their abortion stories with me over the past two and a half years. I am so thankful to them for having the courage to share themselves so fully with me. It has and continues to be a privilege to listen. I look forward to continuing on this journey of deep listening, sharing and community-building with all of you.
Thank you all for sharing and listening.-Melissa 

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exhibit: ar·ti·facts: abortion stories and histories

Check out our exhibit, ar·ti·facts: abortion stories and histories, at The Denison Museum in Ohio! It was curated by The Abortion Diary’s founder, Melissa Madera. This exhibition gives voice to our untold and silenced experiences through audio stories, images, and objects.  These ar·ti·facts were gathered over the past two and a half years by Melissa for The Abortion Diary.

The exhibition runs from Monday, February 15, to Friday, March 25, and is free and open to the public.

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