4) How can I be pro-voice?
- Value emotional wellbeing and embrace the full range of human emotions
Approach each person as a whole being, recognizing that many facets of a person’s life contribute to their abortion experience
Respect each individual’s religious, social, and political beliefs, and use their belief system to support their needs
Work with each person to discover their own sense of wellbeing, confident that each is a resilient, resourceful person
Reflect back each individual’s strengths so that they can be a resource to face challenges, learn, and grow
Pro-voice is an active practice of nonviolent communication that can be learned and experienced. Through reflection and nonjudgmental conversations, it is possible to learn how to question your assumptions, cultivate self-awareness, and develop your own active listening skills. By putting pro-voice tools to work, you can actively participate in someone’s personal journey toward greater understanding and healing. You can also use pro-voice tools to support your own experiences without judging yourself.
The Pro-Voice Counseling Guide is intended to help you feel better equipped to have productive conversations about stigmatized issues with people in your lives, including abortion. You can also support someone else by providing resources and information to help strengthen their coping skills. We believe each person knows what’s best for them, and can draw upon their unique abilities when navigating complexity in their lives.
5) How can I share my story?
“Being there for women and men who are processing any aspect of their abortion experience is purposeful, and it allows me to spend time with truly extraordinary people. Our callers are phenomenally brave, loving, and generous in spirit.”
– Susan, Exhale talkline counselor
If you have a personal experience with abortion and are considering telling your story publicly, you can read our Ethical Storysharing Guide here. You can also add your voice by posting your own story here.
Our Storysharing Guide for Ethical Advocates contains useful information about how allies can empower storytellers and become a champions for ethical storysharing. Find it here.
You can become a part of the pro-voice movement in many ways:
- Sign the Pro-Voice Pledge.
- Share your story with Exhale’s community or speak with an Exhale talkline counselor.
- Volunteer as an Exhale talkline counselor.
- Support the people who call our talkline and build a pro-voice movement by making a donation to Exhale.
- Watch a trailer for The Pro-Voice Project, a forthcoming documentary featuring ethical storytellers at work.