Women are rejoicing after the Supreme Court struck down House Bill 2, a Texas law that used stringent restrictions to close abortion clinics. While presidential candidate Donald Trump has been mum about the historic ruling, women flooded D.C.'s streets, chanting and toting signs.

Now, they're shouting their abortions.

In honor of the major legal decision, Shout Your Abortion — an organization founded by feminist writer Lindy West — created an amazing art installation that is beautifully snaking its way through the United States.

People with wombs who have had abortions, or who are pro-choice, can "elevate the visibility of of people who choose to have abortions" by downloading and sharing photos and videos featuring women opening up about their abortions.

"If you know more than three women, you likely know someone who has had an abortion. We are your sisters, your bosses, your daughters, and your friends," the site reads. "But you don’t know our stories because those working to eliminate our rights have demonized us. Because of this, many of us have chosen to hide or have been deeply harmed by shame."

But not anymore.

The women featured in the campaign want their stories to be shared far and wide.

The three-minute-long video shows a loop of these women, who are of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities, and wearing "Everyone knows I had an abortion" t-shirts.



The campaign goal is to help people see that abortion is a normal part of many women's stories. After all, one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, according to the 1 in 3 Campaign.

Yet, stigma is often attached to those who have abortions. The fact that abortion is not represented well in media doesn't help.

Researchers at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health found that there have been 310 abortion-related plotlines on television since 1916. Yet, most of those storylines don't accurately represent the women who seek abortions.

"Generally, the underrepresentation of certain populations of women considering abortion onscreen could contribute to feelings of internalized stigma or isolation among real women who obtain abortions but do not see themselves or their experiences represented in popular culture,” the authors wrote. "For example, the dearth of Latina and black characters shown obtaining abortions may convey the idea that women of color do not need or willingly get abortions."

This stigma bleeds into real life, which is why Shout Your Abortion is so important.

West and other Seattle-based activists created the hashtag this past September, after reading her friend, Amelia Bonow's, Facebook post about abortion stigma.

She'd had an abortion five years earlier, but realized she, and those she knew, never discussed their abortions.

"Not talking about our personal experiences with abortion wasn’t conscious — it felt like a habit, a flimsy ouroboros of obfuscation," she wrote in an editorial at The Guardian. "We don’t talk about it because we don’t talk about it because we don’t talk about it."

Yet, Bonow's since-deleted Facebook post made West realize that abortion should not be accompanied by shame or guilt.

"The fact that even progressive, outspoken, pro-choice feminists feel the pressure to keep our abortions under wraps — to speak about them only in corners, in murmurs, in private with our closest confidantes — means that opponents of abortion get to define it however suits them best," West wrote. "They can cast those of us who have had abortions as callous monstrosities, and seed fear in anyone who might need one by insisting that the procedure is always traumatic, always painful, always an impossible decision. Well, we’re not, and it’s not."

Shout Your Abortion has since become a movement that removes shame, and lets women publicly announce their abortions without judgement."

The Washington Post claims #ShoutYourAbortion is re-shaping the reproductive rights conversation.

#ShoutYourAbortion lets women present a "collection of nuanced narratives," according to The Washington Post, which makes abortion more normalized.

"Women should be the ones to define the experience of what abortion is, instead of colluding to this idea that it’s bad, and that we’re bad," Bonow told The Washington Post. "It's finally feeling like we're not alone, and we don’t have to be quiet anymore."


Hopefully, #ShoutYourAbortion will also end some stigma around the procedure.

As West wrote in The Guardian, "Abortion is common. Abortion is happening. Abortion needs to be legal, safe and accessible to everyone. Abortion is a thing you can say out loud."



Watch some compelling #ShoutYourAbortion videos, then free feel to share your own.