Join us TONIGHT for this month’s salon series, Abortion Story Share. Abortion has always been a divisive social political issue in the United States, despite the fact that 3 in 10 women* have had an abortion. Due to stigma and shame, many aren’t able to talk about their experiences or find the support they need. This salon, we will discuss the stigma surrounding abortion experiences, discuss why people keep their experiences secret from loved ones, and talk about ways to support those who want to share their experiences.
*We know that people of all gender identities have abortions, however this statistic is based on research of only cisgender women.
When: TONIGHT July 22nd 7-9p
Where: SOL: 236 23rd Ave. (between International Blvd. and East 12th Street), Oakland
Cost: $5-$15 Suggested Donation for BADP, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible (but the restroom is not and does not have grab bars). FYI for those who have allergies, the space is home to a sweet cat. Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on Facebook if you have any questions about accessibility.
Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice and storytelling activist who shares her own abortion experience to encourage others who have had abortions to speak out and end the silence and stigma. Renee writes about abortion, reproductive justice, public policy, allyship, and the disparities facing women of color. She has been featured on BBC Radio World Newshour, EBONY, Salon, RH Reality Check, and Feministing.com. Renee is a graduate student at Cornell University pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration, sits on the advisory board of Sea Change Program, and will join the NARAL Pro-Choice America board of directors this fall. In 2013, Renee received the Justice Award by ACCESS Women’s Health Justice for her volunteerism housing women traveling 4-5 hours for their abortions. Renee is a proud alum of the Bay Area Doula Project and served as the Communications Manager for almost two years. She’s happy to be back in beautiful company with the doulas! Follow her on Twitter @rbraceysherman