A story in The Nation published on Thanksgiving suggests that some individuals may “celebrate” abortion. She also believes that “total contempt for all Indigenous people” drives white supremacist groups, which she says are “fueling the same institutions of white supremacy that degrade all of us now.”
In a Thanksgiving, post headlined “We’re Thankful for Our Abortions,” Nikiya Natale, deputy director of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), expressed her appreciation for the group that she co-founded, We Testify, which works on behalf of women who have had abortions.
According to the website for her group, her “passion” stems from her personal abortion experiences.
Many women who have had abortions “like their experience,” according to a new paper published on Thursday. The “thankfulness” of some abortion patients is also mentioned.
Thanksgiving is a “complicated” affair, and the author is baffled as to why it is observed in the United States.
She continues, “This year, I find myself reflecting not just on all the people I love and admire but also on the outcomes and repercussions of the midterm elections and on why our society celebrates the challenging holiday of Thanksgiving at all.”
The national festival, Natale says in response to a query, was “founded on the tragic massacre of Native Americans.”
It’s “tough” for her to show appreciation because of her “passion for justice for all people,” she adds.
She claimed that the same thinking that fueled widespread anti-Native sentiment in the 1800s is today fueling the dehumanizing practices of white supremacy.
An “illegitimate” Supreme Court “has erased the minimal promise of abortion access afforded by Roe v. Wade,” the author argues, “while black lives are being taken by police and the prison-industrial complex, the safety of the LGBTQ+ community is threatened by gun violence and intolerance.”
She claims that the current state of the country has made her feel despondent and hopeless.
Natale is grateful that she was able to have several abortions “when it was still permitted in Texas,” despite the fact that this is no longer the case.
She claims that people of varying political views have questioned and chided her for her decision to get an abortion.
Despite this, she claims, “I am pleased for both of my abortions,” and she expresses “immense thankfulness” for them in light of the current “political scenario.”
However, according to the author, she is not alone.
She said that many women who have abortions see it as a liberating decision for themselves.
From there, she and her coworkers at We Testify argue, “[n]o matter if it’s their first abortion or fourth, individuals should be supported in whatever they decided, every time” (individuals should be supported in whatever they decide, regardless of whether it’s their first or fourth abortion).
Employees shared their experiences coming to “feel comfortable celebrating and being thankful” for their abortions.
Savannah Williams, operations coordinator at We Testify and self-described “aspiring abortion storyteller,” has been discussing the upcoming “sixth anniversary of my second abortion” on the organization’s podcast. Williams grew up in that community.
She expressed gratitude that she was able to finish school and expand her business without having to worry about making ends meet or caring for two young children she was unprepared to raise. As an adult, I value this freedom very highly.
Williams acknowledges that her move may be interpreted as self-serving, but she maintains that this is not the case.
Her health has improved to the point that she can “live free from concern and parts of my life that I had needed to put behind me,” she added. I shall be forever grateful for the opportunity to decide for myself what is best.
She went on to say that she decided to have an abortion not because she was concerned about what people would think of her but because she felt hopeless. Thankfully, I was able to summon the strength to persevere.
Williams, who was expecting at the time of her high school graduation, elaborates: “I never envisioned myself at all.”
My two pregnancies were both total and utter surprises to me, “as she put it. “It opened my eyes to the possibility of pregnancy at any time,” remarked one onlooker.
In other words, she’s the “Abortion Diva.” According to Kenya Martin, manager of the We Testify initiative and self-described “reproductive justice activist,” sharing one’s experience with abortion is an “act of respect.”
She was unwell in 2015 and required emergency surgery to keep her alive.
Patients “were nervous owing to the stigma of recurrent abortions,” but Martin was there to soothe them.
She says, “I have come to accept my abortions as part of my life’s journey, and I am grateful for each one.”
She couldn’t believe there wasn’t an abortion-themed book where the main character was happy with her choice and went on to achieve her goals.
The women spoke up about the need to “unlearn the shame and stigma” connected with abortion, and some of them admitted to having had several abortions.
Emma Hernández, who works in public communications, says she had her first abortion when she was 21 because she “had all the grounds to not continue with the pregnancy.”
Recently graduated college student: “I couldn’t envision a lasting commitment to a horrible relationship when I had no job, no car, and was grieving the recent deportation of my father.”
She argued that she needed to get an abortion because of her circumstances.
The pregnancy was her second in eight years, but this time she had no valid reason to kill it.
However, the situation was very different in this case. She was reflecting on her life and realized, “On paper, I’m a perfect candidate for parenting because of all it allows me to do.” I was content with my career, my steady relationship, and my pleasant living situation as I approached the end of my master’s program.
I still didn’t want to be a mom,” she said. Some part of me still believed it, even though it made me sick, and I knew that abortions, especially many abortions, had to be justified.
Putting my thoughts on paper helped me deal with the shock of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs case decision in June, in which it reversed Roe v. Wade and returned the matter to the states for more regulation of abortion.
Since the momentous decision, Democrats, the mainstream media, and the extreme left have brutally assaulted the pro-life cause and its supporters, causing deadly public turmoil across the country.
Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host on “The View,” remarked in September that a fetus whose mother is going through “difficulty” during her pregnancy is a “poison thing” inside of her.
New York Democrat Kathleen Rice claimed in July that pro-life groups had “weaponized” the word “abortion” in an attempt to “raise the emotions” of their opponents. She has requested a shift to less “negative” rhetoric for the country to “have a meaningful dialogue” regarding abortion.
Abortion killed an estimated 43 million preborn children throughout the world in 2016, making it the most significant cause of mortality in the world, according to Worldometer. There are 8.2 million cases of cancer shown, 5 million cases of smoking, 1.7 million cases of HIV/AIDS, 1.3 million incidents of car accidents, and 1 million cases of suicide.