Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How does abortion affect African American women?

Today is the only day this video will be available for free, so jump on it now:

"Silent Choices" is about abortion and its impact on the lives of African American women. The film is a "hybrid" documentary: part historical piece, part social and religious analysis and part first-person narrative. From African Americans' cautious involvement with Margaret Sanger during the early birth control movement to black nationalists and civil rights activists who staunchly opposed abortion (or stayed silent on the issue), "Silent Choices" examines the juxtaposition of racial and reproductive politics. Three black women also share their stories of the abortions they had, including a woman's wrenching tale of the illegal procedure she endured. African Americans who oppose abortion were also interviewed, and the film wraps up with a montage of responses to a comment made by one of the pro-lifers, that abortion is a white woman's issue.
Forced-birth groups like to use African Americans' experiences to support their agenda.

Pictured: Billboard of a young black girl that reads: "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb," with a link to
These women's experiences belong to them and do not exist to be exploited for any political ideology. Abortion has a tangled meaning to the African American community and it is not up to Whiteness to decide what it should mean to them. This video is a good opportunity for white people to sit back and listen, and for black women to hear the voices of women like them, talking about a subject that has long been considered taboo.

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