Last month I had the pleasure of facilitating an in-person abortion support skills workshop for the Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts and NARAL Pro-Choice At Clark University.
These folks in the photo above all spent a whole beautiful, sunny Sunday indoors so they could build knowledge and skills to increase the ways in which they support their abortion fund's callers.
I feel so fortunate to have gotten to spend that day facilitating learning and growth with them. So much love and gratitude to everyone who participated.
I just read The Mothers by Brit Bennett. It's an engaging novel about adolescence, sexuality, friendship, motherhood, and the Black church.
Abortion is central to the narrative, but the book doesn't really take a clear stance on the pro-choice/anti-choice divide. I think, though, a great deal of what goes wrong for the characters in this story can be attributed to the stigmatization, shame, and secrecy around abortion and adolescent sexuality.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Can you recommend another novel about abortion?
Today's discussion in Refilling The Cup, the online course on self-care for doulas, inspired me to share this quote from Poonam Dreyfus-Pai, who's deputy director at All-Options, and who was the speaker for the January Full-Spectrum Doula Circle:
"Boundaries aren't there to fence me in or keep people out, but actually to allow me to interact with the world and to interact with things that I love with flexibility and with grace."