Today, Advocates for Youth will launch Abortion Out Loud, a new campaign dedicated to highlighting the work of youth activists in protecting abortion access and elevating the stories of young people who have experienced abortion. The launch kicks off with a week of action highlighting the importance of ending abortion stigma. Over 100 campuses will host events where students share abortion stories and ask the question: “Why do you say Abortion out Loud?”
Advocates for Youth applauds the introduction of the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act. The bill would remove the 5 year waiting period that all federally authorized immigrants must currently endure to gain access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act would also allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and undocumented immigrants to buy plans on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces with access to financial assistance.
This high school graduation photograph reminds me how young I was when I arranged for and survived a ‘back-alley,’ illegal abortion three years before the Roe v. Wade ruling. Holding this photograph now, nearly 50 years later, I think about the other women who weren’t so lucky back then and the people now who continue to be denied access to abortion services in some areas of our country.