Our Stories, Our Lives
The Tennessee Stories Project (TSP) is an effort to reduce abortion stigma by creating a space for Tennesseans to share their personal experiences about abortion. Too often, conversations about abortion are dominated by the voices of those who seek to shame and intimidate. The goal of TSP is to promote a culture of compassion in Tennessee and to strip away the stigma associated with abortion by lifting up the voices of those who have had abortions.
Even though 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion during her reproductive lifetime, many don’t talk about the experience because of the stigma associated with abortion. We strongly reject the premise that abortion is morally wrong or socially unacceptable. We believe that by sharing stories about personal experiences, we create a more inclusive, empathetic, and compassionate space for women to make personal health care decisions. Simply, we intend to end abortion stigma.
Abortion stigma enables politicians to pass laws restricting access to abortion, a safe, legal medical procedure. Restricting access endangers women and their families, and disproportionately affects low income communities. A majority of Americans support keeping abortion accessible. We seek to take abortion stigma away as a political tool used to generate votes, raise money, and rob women of their stories.
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The Tennessee Stories Project is sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region. If you have a story to tell, see our Contact page.