I Hate the Word Abortion



I hate the word abortion. With all the legal volleying of the last 50 years – it’s such a divisive word. It’s a conversation-stopper. It’s the verbal equivalent of stuffing cotton in the ears of your audience. Most people already fall on one side or another – with beliefs so ingrained in upbringing and religion it’s difficult to change anyone’s mind.

For that reason, as a journalist, I hate writing about it. Any piece I’ve written whether factually focused or opinion-driven receives unproductive comments and feedback.

But all of that being said ->> today is a victory for women. Regardless of how you feel about the “A” word – the highest court in the land ruled in favor of the rights of women to make a very difficult and informed choice. It will be days, and months before we all fully understand what this means for women in North Carolina, but from what the legal experts are saying, the decision is based on a broad-reaching case. What that means is that the ruling in the Texas case very likely will provide a standard by which other state laws surrounding abortion will be measured.

Our challenge as women of North Carolina, is to make sure we work together to support the ruling and any subsequent cases that spring from it in this state. This is about supporting women, and trusting them to make a decision on what is best for their life and their unborn child.

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  1. Kelsea McLain

    What an absolutely disappointing way to celebrate this monumental moment for abortion rights in the US…

    I’m failing to see what the point of this was other than to reinforce abortion stigma and provide a whining platform for the author on her comment section after tackling important issues surrounding abortion access.

    You may hate the word abortion, but the word abortion is a part of 1 in 3 women’s medical history. Many women feel alienated and scared to seek help and support during an abortion decision due to the exact kind of stigma present here.

    Abortion is not a dirty word, the stigma and hatred that flows forth when it’s uttered shouldnt convince you it is.

  2. Alana

    It’s a word. And it’s devisive because people who wish to restrict these rights have made it so. Even the SBC stayed out of reproductive freedom during Roe until the religious right got involved in the 80s.

    When we talk about abortion, we should say abortion. It’s not a bad word or a dirty word and not saying it just adds to to the shame put upon those who chose it.

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