Some people who have had abortions may choose to share their abortion story publicly in an effort to increase empathy and counter stigma, yet more than half of people who share their abortion story publicly experience harassment and other negative incidents as a result. This harassment may lead to emotional stress, problems with loved ones, and difficulties at work and/or school for many people who share their abortion story. Despite this, positive experiences motivate many to continue sharing their story.
Given that abortion is a particularly stigmatized experience, people who share their abortion story publicly may have unique experiences of harassment and support. In this study, we sought to explore individuals' positive and negative experiences as a result of telling their abortion story and to examine what they saw as the impact of these experiences on their lives.