The 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.
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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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.”
Are you in New York City this weekend? Come check us out at The Left Forum with The Sea Change Program, Speak Your Story, and Advocates for Youth.
Melissa will be in New York City until May 28th. If you’d like to share your story, e-mail [email protected]
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 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.
Soon Abortion Diary story-sharers will become story-listeners. Check us out on The Pollination Project‘s website!
Melissa was featured on Latina.com‘s Women Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday for kicking “the patriarchy’s nalgas through story-telling and story-sharing” with The Abortion Diary. Check her out!
Katherine shares the letter she wrote to her “little one” as part of her post-abortion ritual: