One of the biggest debates leading up to any presidential election over the last several decades has centered around abortion. Whether pro-choice or pro-life, typically those arguing for or against abortion are incredibly passionate about their stance.
With the defunding of Planned Parenthood, a major issue of debate this election, those who are pro-choice and believe that a woman should have full control of her body, are speaking out in a big way, via social media.
In an effort to bring light to women’s rights and a pro-choice initiative, abortion activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison have urged women to turn to Twitter this week and tweet using the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion, while describing why they chose to terminate their pregnancies. The initiative, which is in direct response to the House of Representatives voting to defund Planned Parenthood last week, hopes to counter their recent decision by using social media as a tool.
With Obama expected to veto the abortion-related bill if it does ever reach his desk, the situation has become a major talking point leading up to the 2016 elections. As of this morning, over 81,000 tweets have been posted using the hashtag, and the initiative has spread to Facebook as well, with a fan page called ‘Shout Your Abortion gaining some traction.”
“#ShoutYourAbortion I was eleven and raped. Go ahead and tell me I’m in the wrong – but not the 36 yr old man who did it. Go on, I dare you,” tweeted Twitter user ‘the bitchslap effect’.
“I’ve had 2 abortions. I don’t have to justify or explain them to anybody. My life is more valuable than a potential life. #shoutyourabortion,” tweeted Clementine Ford.
With this said, not all the tweets using the hashtag are pro-choice related, with many pro-life supporters using it to fight back as well.
“The greatest example of ‘privilege’ is murdering someone else out of convenience and calling it ’empowering’ #ShoutYourAbortion,” Tweeted user Chelsea.
“Just when I thought I had seen the trashiest of hashtags….along comes… #ShoutYourAbortion,” tweeted another angry user.
Last night the hashtag was among Twitter’s trending topics in the United States, spurring on Michelle Malkin, a rather influential conservative pundit to tweet, “Seriously? #ShoutYourAbortion is trending? Shout this LOUDER: #PPSellsBabyParts.”
Whatever your views are on this topic, there is no denying that social media continues to expand its role within political circles, empowering individuals to voice their opinions on a major stage. Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section below.