This week’s Spacious Solidarity dialogue surrounds the topics of storytelling and narrative change for abortion stories. Renee Bracey Sherman and Camila Ochoa Mendoza lead us through a conversation that centers people who have had abortions, delving into the richness, power and essentialness of abortion stories and leadership of people who have had abortions. The discussants touch on intersectionality, economic justice, racism, and the ways that these are all connected to the narratives and experiences of people who had abortions.
Camila Ochoa Mendoza is a reproductive justice activist and researcher. She is the creator of the podcast Abortion, with Love, and her work is dedicated to destigmatizing abortion, and advancing access to comprehensive reproductive care for all people.
Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist, abortion storyteller, strategist, and writer. She is the founder and executive director of We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions and share their stories at the intersection of race, class, and gender identity. She is also an executive producer of Ours to Tell, an award-winning documentary elevating the voices of people who’ve had abortions.
Thank you Camila and Renee for providing a space to reflect and build- dismantle- and – rebuild our mutual understanding of what it means to bust abortion stigma.