I'm sure that most of you that I know from Twitter have heard about this, but for those you haven't, @antitheistangie is undergoing a chemical abortion and is telling her story to all of Twitter by tweeting it under the hashtag "#livetweetingabortion". This has been controversial to say the least. Most pro-choicers have been very encouraging. Antis, however, are outraged. They say that Angie's story is "sick" or "horrifying" or "disgusting". Many of them have attacked Angie directly for telling her story. Others resort to gossiping about her behind her back. The question that I'm dying to get an answer to is this; Why are they so angry?
This isn't the first time that I've seen anti-choicers go nuts over women speaking out. Just a few days ago, Jill Stanek published a blog post bashing the new website, 45millionvoices.org, which allows people who have had an abortion to let their voices be heard. This is nothing new.
Why are so many of them getting so angry? My guess is that it's a power thing. The oppressors love to silence the oppressed. In this case, anti-choicers are exerting dominance over women by silencing their voices unless their voice happens to contribute to their cause. If a confident woman like Angie shares her abortion story and proclaims that she feels no regret, people will try to silence her. However, if a woman who regrets her abortion speaks up and tells her story, antis give it all the publicity in the world. Her voice matters because it benefits their agenda, Angie's voice hurts their agenda. That is the difference. They won't hear our voices, just like most of them won't hear rape victim's voices.
I think that live tweeting abortion is a wonderful idea. There is a lot of stigma surrounding this procedure. This stigma hurts people and it silences people. So many people are afraid to tell their stories because of this. Antis are actually working against women who regret their abortions by encouraging this stigma, because it hurts them too. If we could get more women to tell their stories- verbally, by tweeting, blogging, etc- the stigma will slowly (but surely!) be erased. By using her voice, Angie is making it easier for other women to use their voices, too. So, Angie, I'd like to take a moment to thank you for the work that you're doing for women. You are amazing!