“I’ve had two abortions and I’m living proof that an abortion can produce indifference or meltdown.
I was tired of prescriptive discussions about the reasons that should give women access to abortions and how they should or shouldn’t feel about it. I wanted to listen to some of them describing their experiences, refusing to let other people speak for them.
What interested me wasn’t the right to abortion but the right of those who had experienced it to speak out.
The law gives us the right to have abortions, society stops us from talking about it. Many women comply with this rule of silence because there are still feelings of embarrassment and guilt. Meanwhile, I’m convinced that the right to abortions will remain precarious if we don’t fully accept to use it as we see fit. And if we think we’re protecting it by keeping a low profile, that only gives some health professionals opportunities to mistreat us.
Hence this book, a mixture of testimonies and a personal undertaking that proved transformative.
It includes stories of terminations.
Some painful, some insignificant. All unique.
I hope that, to some small extent, it also sees the termination of silence, shame and anger.”