Press Release – July 1, 2019 #mybodync



Women’s Organization Launches Pro-Choice Storytelling Campaign

Raleigh, North Carolina – Women AdvaNCe will lead the way in sharing abortion experiences through a new campaign titled My Body NC. The month-long storytelling initiative will begin with an online announcement on Independence Day and follow with a series of personal abortion stories.

Women AdvaNCe is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit that works to connect, engage and inform through storytelling. Topics often focus on the impacts of policy decisions on the daily lives of women and families across the state. Original stories are published each Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the website

With the growing threat to reproductive rights, My Body NC aims to remove the stigma of abortion and reinforce women’s rights to make medical decisions for their bodies. Women AdvaNCe believes that the threat to abortion rights is a public health issue. Nearly one in four women in the United States (23.7%) will have an abortion by age 45, according to a new analysis by Guttmacher Institute researchers Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman in their study just published in the American Journal of Public Health. “Learning more about differences in abortion rates could inform strategies to reduce disparities in reproductive health care,” says Jones. “The more we know about those having abortions, the better enabled we will be to meet their reproductive health needs.”

Strategy & Communication Director, Jo DeLosSantos boldly volunteered to share her story that will be published on July 8th. “It’s important that women have choices and take responsibility for being the creators of their lives,” she said. “I am grateful to have been able to create my life and I want to ensure that young women can be the creators of their futures.”

Women across the state are bravely coming forward to share their stories (as well as those of friends and family members supported through the process). In many instances this is the first time some are having public conversations about this difficult topic.  Another Women AdvaNCe writer who is sharing her abortion story asserts, “Now is the time to speak our truth about our own experiences in order to humanize the topic of abortion and to stand in solidarity with those who have had an abortion.”

Rhiannon Giles, a member of the Women AdvaNCe Writer’s Collective will also share her story during the campaign.  “My story is the gray area of the abortion narrative that is so often neglected from both sides. I see the possibility and risk of pregnancy differently than most people, which has given me new insight into the decisions women sometimes have to make.”

Women AdvaNCe welcomes stories via email to and using the #MyBodyNC.

Media Contact: Jo DeLosSantos,