Gallery of Submissions for the World Free of #AbortionStigma Project

Videos

Nepal video

Second Video

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Sri Lanka video cover

decider sobre nuestro cuerpo

Day of Action Romania video thumbnail

 

 

Photos

Amarachi, Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) – NIGERIA

Amarachi, Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) – NIGERIA

Kati LeTourneau, Inroads, USA

Kati LeTourneau, Inroads, USA

Lara Cousins, WGNRR, Mexico

Lara Cousins, WGNRR, Mexico

Medea_Georgia

Medea Khmelidze, Georgia

Rishita, http://the-quietude.com

Rishita, http://the-quietude.com

Magda Alberto, Colombia

Magda Alberto, Colombia

Alejandro Blancas, México

Alejandro Blancas, México

Nayeli Yoval, México

Nayeli Yoval, México

Gloria Legorreta, México

Gloria Legorreta, México

Kat Turner, Erika Walker, Jaclyn Gilstrap and Kristen Shellenberg, Ipas - USA

Kat Turner, Erika Walker, Jaclyn Gilstrap and Kristen Shellenberg, Ipas – USA

Sea Change Program. California, USA

Sea Change Program. California, USA

Prabani Perera, Sri Lanka

Prabani Perera, Sri Lanka

Fondo Maria, Mexico

Fondo Maria, Mexico

Sergia Galván, Colectiva Mujer y Salud, Dominican Republic

Sergia Galván, Colectiva Mujer y Salud, Dominican Republic

Uwem Esiet, Action Health Incorporated, Nigeria

Uwem Esiet, Action Health Incorporated, Nigeria

Sara Vida Coumans, dance4life, Netherlands

Sara Vida Coumans, dance4life, Netherlands

Leila Hessini, Ipas, USA

Leila Hessini, Ipas, USA

Sandra Mazo, Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Colombia

Sandra Mazo, Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir, ColombiaSandra Mazo, Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Colombia

Felistah Mbithe, Fortress of Hope, Kenya

Felistah Mbithe, Fortress of Hope, Kenya

Tia Jeewa, IPPF, UK

Tia Jeewa, IPPF, UK

Katie Lau, IPPF, UK

Katie Lau, IPPF, UK

Heather Barclay, IPPF, Canada

Heather Barclay, IPPF, Canada

 "We're speaking out against #AbortionStigma because women and girls' lives MATTER!" CHANGE, USA

“We’re speaking out against #AbortionStigma because women and girls’ lives MATTER!” CHANGE, USA

Dana Preston, United States, JASS (Asociadas por lo Justo)

Dana Preston, United States, JASS (Asociadas por lo Justo)

PADOVADONNE, Italy

PADOVADONNE, Italy

Andrea Thompson, South Africa

Andrea Thompson, South Africa

Tamara Medina, Mexico

Tamara Medina, Mexico

Floortje Jacobs, CHOICE for Youth Sexuality, Netherlands

Floortje Jacobs, CHOICE for Youth Sexuality, Netherlands

From UN General Assembly

From UN General Assembly

From UN General Assembly

From UN General Assembly

From UN General Assembly

From UN General Assembly

Anna Nikoghosyan, ASTRA Network and Society Without Violence, Armenia

Anna Nikoghosyan, ASTRA Network and Society Without Violence, Armenia

Young activist, Nepal

Young activist, Nepal

Young activists, Nepal

Young activists, Nepal

Young activist, Nepal

Young activist, Nepal

Penny, South Africa

Penny, South Africa

Marion Stevens, South Africa

Marion Stevens, South Africa

Shubha Kayastha, Nepal

Shubha Kayastha, Nepal

Smriti, Nepal

Smriti, Nepal

WFAC, Cameroon

WFAC, Cameroon

ASAP activists

ASAP activists

Alana Feldman Soler, Taller Salud, Puerto Rico

Alana Feldman Soler, Taller Salud, Puerto Rico

Teresa Lanza, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Bolivia

Teresa Lanza, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Bolivia

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Ecuador

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Ecuador

Alice Iancu, “Eu Decid”/I Decide blog, Romania

Alice Iancu, “Eu Decid”/I Decide blog, Romania

Daniela Draghici, Coordinator, International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion, Romania

Daniela Draghici, Coordinator, International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, Romania

Cristina Andreescu, FILIA Center, Romania

Cristina Andreescu, FILIA Center, Romania

Ana Rodica Albu, FILIA Center, Romania

Ana Rodica Albu, FILIA Center, Romania

Nathalie Margi, France

Nathalie Margi, France

Le Hoang Minh Son, Vietnam

Le Hoang Minh Son, Vietnam

Nondho Ombenny Jess-Alfred, Democratic Republic of Congo

Nondho Ombenny Jess-Alfred, Democratic Republic of Congo

Rakshinda Perveen, Pakistan

Rakshinda Perveen, Pakistan

Debora Diniz, Brazil

Debora Diniz, Brazil

http://sherights.com/

http://sherights.com/

Valentin Ermita, AWID, Mexico

Valentin Ermita, AWID, Mexico

Terex Szyslak, JASS (Just Associates), Mexico

Terex Szyslak, JASS (Just Associates), Mexico

Laura Velazquez, JASS (Just Associates), Mexico

Laura Velazquez, JASS (Just Associates), Mexico

Nalini Singh, ARROW, Malaysia

Nalini Singh, ARROW, Malaysia

CLPP and PopDev, Hampshire College

CLPP and PopDev, Hampshire College

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Plataforma Decidir Nos Hace Libres

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum, Nepal

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Samsara, Indonesia

Crina Marina, “Eu Decid”/I Decide blog, Romania

Crina Marina, “Eu Decid”/I Decide blog, Romania

Tom_Howe, USA

Tom_Howe, USA

Steve Martin, USA

Steve Martin, USA

Steve Martin, USA

Steve Martin, USA

USA

Pam Tinto, USA

Pam Tinto, USA

Michael Fizdale, USA

Michael Fizdale, USA

Meg Kirsch and friends, USA

Meg Kirsch and friends, USA

Mateo Medina, USA

Mateo Medina, USA

Maribel Morales, USA and Aztlan

Maribel Morales, USA and Aztlan

Mariah Salyer, USA

Mariah Salyer, USA

Luna Goldberg, USA

Luna Goldberg, USA

Lily Blazina, USA

Lily Blazina, USA

Lillian Rodriguez, USA

Lillian Rodriguez, USA

Kacy Oen, USA

Kacy Oen, USA

Justine Gonzalez-Berg, USA

Justine Gonzalez-Berg, USA

Hannah Howard, USA

Hannah Howard, USA

Faustino Vidal and Clutch the dog, USA

Faustino Vidal and Clutch the dog, USA

Ethan Warshow

Ethan Warshow

Cliff Robbins, USA

Cliff Robbins, USA

Callie McGarghan, USA

Callie McGarghan, USA

Aya Razzaz and Emly DeSellier, Jordan and USA

Aya Razzaz and Emly DeSellier, Jordan and USA

Anne Hendrixson and Lucy Trainor, USA

Anne Hendrixson and Lucy Trainor, USA

Meegan Mchugh

Meegan Mchugh

Statements

Women need choice. We need to choose to be a mother, to choose to wait a few more years before having children, to choose adoption, to choose to try again when ready, to choose not to be a mother. It should not be taken from us nor someone else’s ideas forced upon us. This choice has to be respected and and allowed without repercussion.
I had an abortion. My choice. – Ethel, Ireland

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As Prochoice i believe that access to safe abortion service is the basic fundamental human women right and women should be able to access this life saving service without being subjected to fear and shame. –  Smriti, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)

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AS FUTURE PROVIDER I WANT TO PROVIDE A SERVICE WHICH IS FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION – Hemlata Chaudhary, Nepal

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Portugal have legalized pregnancy interruption, since 2007, cutting the spiral of problems linked to illegal abortion such as serious health damage and even death of young and older women. All important social policies should be cherished but also replicated as good practice, as an example to follow by other countries. – Isabel, SERES (con) viver com VIH, Portugal

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Everyone deserves the rights to make sound and informed reproductive decisions that matches their current situations.  – Musa Ansumana Soko, Sierra Leone 

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Reproductive choice can be the only thing that stands between a woman and DEATH. Women who face deadly consequences of a pregnancy deserve to choose to live. – Hina Shehzadi, Shirkat Gah, Pakistan

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Abortion is a personal choice that helps to avoid unwanted life scenarios. – Medea Khmelidze, Georgia

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There should be no criticism of abortions-safe abortions are a basic human right as is contraception.- Pam Wortley, DWCA, Uniter Kingdom

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#abortionstigma puts lives at risk. – Annelise Petlock, Canada

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Just like modern contraception methods, abortions help stop unwanted pregnancies. abortion has always and will continue to be a method to stop unwanted pregnancies – whether you like it or not. There is NO SHAME in having an abortion. There IS SHAME in bringing an unwanted child into the world. – Lisbeth Vogensen, Ipas Bolivia

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Access to safe and legal abortions isn’t just a healthcare issue – it’s a human rights issue! No one should come between a woman and her bodily autonomy. – Meg, Canada

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I do not want more unnecessary maternal deaths.  – Tamila dos Santos, Brazil

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Stigma promotes discrimination and inequality and therefore denies women their fundamental human rights.  – Generation Initiative For Women and Youth Network, Nigeria

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Oui à l’avortement médicalisé pour mettre au monde des enfants désirés et dont les parents pourront assurer les besoins. – Nafissatou Diop, Population Council, Senegal

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Every girl and woman is capable of choosing what is best for her at any time, situation and place in her life. Abortion is just one of them. Look ahead and leap forward! – Malavika Thirukode,  International Planned Parenthood Federation – South Asia Regional Office, India

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Women has right to sexual health so they totally have right to decide whether they want to keep or get abortion. – Le Hoang Minh Son, Hanoi School of Public Health and Center for Creatives Initiatives on Health and Population, Vietnam

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I believe it is the right of women to choose her time of fertility . To decide and Make her choice on family planning.  – Monique Kamat, Family planning Association of India

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I believe that a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body and that the world loses too many young women full of hopes and dreams because of unsafe abortion simply because of where that woman happens to live, the colour of her skin or how much money she has. –  Rebecca Davidson, Canada

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With the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act coming into effect in 1972, India conveyed a strong message that it cared for the health of pregnant women who wanted to safely terminate their pregnancies. Yet, even four decades later, many women are still unaware that abortion is legal. Even access to safe abortion centres is severely restricted, especially in rural areas. As a result, there is a great mismatch between the number of abortion seekers and MTP-certified providers and centres. – Mukesh Surve, Family Planning Association of India, India

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Its sexual and reproductive right of woman, she should decide to continue with pregnancy or terminate it. – Kshama, Family planning association of India

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I had enough watching women and innocent babies dying as a result of unsafe abortion! – Sangeetha Permalsamy, Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia (FRHAM), Malaysia

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No person should feel shame about their reproductive decisions. Bodily autonomy must include respecting the needs and lived experiences of other human beings. – Morgan Healey, Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ), New Zealand

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The decision to end a pregnancy is difficult enough without added social shame and physical danger. – Erica Harris, Canada

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No other medical procedure is so stigmatized. Why the prejudice against abortion? Just because it is a matter of women’s sexual and reproductive health and well-being? #abortionstigma = misogyny. – Asilata, India

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I believe that every woman has the right to decide whether or not she wants to bring a child into the world because she knows if she will or will not be able to give the child the upbringing it deserves. – Ishita, India

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I am more than my ovary. I am not determined by my body: I love and dream and desire, my will determines my life. – Francesca Vidotto, Italy

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El estigma en torno al aborto es una forma de violencia contra las mujeres.  Tiene visos de misoginia porque pretende negar la capacidad moral de las mujeres para analizar su contexto y tomar decisiones conscientes y responsables sobre la vida y sobre su cuerpo. – Elsa Arroyo Vázquez, Puerto Rico

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Sólo quien aborta conoce sus razones para hacerlo y todas y todos debemos respetar su decisión. ¡Basta de la doble moral y de que otras personas decidan sobre nuestros cuerpos! – Otilia Gonzala Sánchez Castillo, Constituyente Feminista de Hidalgo, Mexico

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Women have the right to not be pregnant if they do not wish to be. – Michele Ren, USA

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I believe in our ability and right to decide. –  Fernanda, Mexico

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Girls and women should have the right to choose and have control over their own bodies. – Teresa Johnson, Australia

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I know how incredibly difficult it is to be a mother even when you want to be one. A child needs to be wanted, kept safe -(really:who would rape a 9-year old girl?)- well fed, educated – the list goes on!
A woman who knows that she is not able to provide the above to a child must have the right to a quick, safe and pain-free abortion.  – Sonja Sundqvist, Canada

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It’s every woman’s right to choose.
The example of nine year old Lourdes also highlights the needs to legalise abortion as necessary to assist  woman and children who have unwilling became pregnant due to abuse and assault .

I would also further add that hopefully the perpetrators of these sexual assaults against children and women are dealt with by the authorities of spoke countries. – Sharon Braybrook, Australia

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The stories about young girls having no choice are not stories to them. –  Kat Chilvers, UK

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Kinderen geen kinderen hoeven te krijgen en vrouwen eigen rechten hebben. – Marianne, Nederland

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It woman must have full right to decide of her body, including a fetus, up until the moment a baby is born. – Carl Tornell, Belgium

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To make the decision of not having a baby is as responsible and difficult as making the decision to have it.  Why that desicion is made is up to every person. You can be advice, you can be guide, but you cannot be force or be judge.

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In our physical nature are the conditions to create life, but is in our own rationality and counsciousness where the social aspects of our life are to be evaluated and where the desicion to commit or not with the raising of a new person must be defined before that person comes to life. – Ricardo Moreno, HappyCitizens.org, Colombia

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I believe women should have a right to decide about their own body. – Alexandra, Ireland

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I am against #AbortionStigma because it is against non-discrimination laws that prohibits discrimination of any form on basis of gender, sex, health, identity, reproductive rights… #sept28 – Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh, Women For A Change, Cameroon

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It saves mothers life. –  L K Karmakar, FPAI Kolkata Branch, India

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If you have an abortion and feel ashamed, hide this within you for many years, because you feel unworthy, it is much more damaging than if you make a choice and are able to be at peace with the decision to have an abortion. – Thelma Bogante, ARCC, Canada

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We are the owners of our bodies and no one should be entitled to impose their decisions or opinions on us or to tell us what we should do with them. Abortion or no abortion, it should be us who decide. Forcing a child to be a mother at 10 it is a far greater crime than removing a bunch of cells that form an embryo.  – Oana Tegzes, Romania

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Having a baby is a matter of being ready to give him/her all he/she needs to have good chances in live. And this needs more than a pregnant body. It needs parents to be ready to be parents. – cyw, Belgium

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Because we want India as a planed and healthiest country. – Rajashree Bose, FPAI Kolkata Branch, India

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With the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act coming into effect in 1972, India conveyed a strong message that it cared for the health of pregnant women who wanted to safely terminate their pregnancies. Yet, even four decades later, many women are still unaware that abortion is legal. Even access to safe abortion centres is severely restricted, especially in rural areas. As a result, there is a great mismatch between the number of abortion seekers and MTP-certified providers and centres.

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Women shouldn’t be ashamed (or made feel ashamed) of standing up for themselves and making their own choices. That’s what pro-choice activism is about: the belief that women can make their own decisions. – Marie-Lise Drapeau-Bisson, Canada

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