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We at Exhale believe the answer is yes. It is possible to be both pro-voice and angry as hell. When abortion is in the news, our talkline receives an uptick in calls, and our callers express a wide range of feelings about their own abortion experiences and the future of reproductive healthcare in the United States. […]
Senators by District Yellow: Voted in favor of billGreen: Voted against billNo Color: Did not vote If you would like to read more about this bill, check out CNN Politics here.
As 2018 winds down we are reflecting on the things we hold most dear. To close out the year we want to showcase a “Top 10” list of what we love about Exhale, here are some of our favorite things: Here are some of the things you added! As an Exhale peer-counselor, I love that […]
Kristen Portney is a Marriage and Family Therapist located in Berkeley, CA. She has focused her studies and work towards creating compassionate post-abortion care in a time when women’s reproductive health and services are still under attack. Kristen has had more than one abortion and has dedicated her path towards understanding and addressing the many […]
Lisa is 27 years old and grew up in southern Germany. She is living in Berlin, studying to become an actor. To Remember What hurts most is that I knew it from the beginning, when I slept with Jamir without protection. I knew it was risky. More, it was wrong. But it was as if […]
Exhale’s pro-voice mission and after-abortion support talkline are featured in a new Upworthy video*. It is a lovely piece featuring one of our amazing volunteer counselors, Amelia, and Executive Director, Susan Chorley. Please watch, and share it with those you want to know about our unique approach to providing non-judgmental counseling to individuals with abortion experiences. […]
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Last week I received my first “death threat” voicemail. It sounded to be a young man who was very angry at me for having an abortion and speaking about it publicly. Some of his words were nonsensical and yet the message was clear: “I want to come up there and kill you.” Yes, I reported […]
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are thrilled to unveil the official guide created in collaboration with The People’s Supper — Pro-Voice Abortion Conversations at the Table: A Story Sharing & Listening Guidebook. One of the ways we can end abortion stigma is by talking about it, so let’s start a cultural transformation at our dinner […]
In social justice movements all across the world, people are using story-sharing, listening, and deep and thoughtful conversations to build connected communities. There is a strong desire to create places (virtual and in person) to be real, to learn and to be transformed. This moment is an opportunity for Exhale to go big with engaging communities on […]
1. Watch Aspen Baker take the TED stage for her talk, A Better Way to Talk About Abortion: 2. Listen to Aspen Baker in TED Radio Hour in the series, Beyond Tolerance: 3. Read Aspen’s TED Ideas blog post, How Stories of Personal Experience Help Drive Change: 4. Read these […]
1) What is pro-voice? We hear a lot about abortion politics. But how often do we get to hear from people who have experienced abortion in their own words? Though 1 in 3 women in America will have one in her lifetime, abortion is still taboo in conversation, polarized in politics, and all too distanced […]
This is the list I wish I had ten years ago. After I had an abortion, nobody knew what to say to me. Not even Larry, my therapist. Poor Larry. Looking back, I would not have known what to say to me, either. One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Men, […]
This summer, I did something that I’ve been putting off for eight years: I sat down and talked to my parents – Bob and Cecilia – about how they handled my abortion. We’ve talked about my abortion before, a sentence here or there, but usually it’s in the context of a larger conversation about something […]
To create a social climate in which each person’s unique experience with abortion is supported, respected, and free from stigma, Exhale engages in three primary strategies: Supporting Wellbeing: For more than a decade, Exhale has listened to and supported thousands of women and men who have reached out to share their stories privately. Exhale offers […]