Amy Hagstrom Miller: Abortion advocates should think big
In honor of the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Woman’s Health spoke to UCSF Bixby Center members and friends last week. Ms. Miller was the lead plaintiff in last year’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court case, which struck down groundless abortion restrictions.
There are a growing number of groups working to change the conversation around abortion:
- ANSIRH’s Abortion Onscreen project tracking how abortion is portrayed in popular culture
- Shift, which operates the Real Talk Hotline in Texas to offer nonjudgmental and evidence-based abortion advice, among other projects
- The Sea Change Program, which uses storytelling, training and research to shift abortion stigma
- INROADS, a network focused on reducing abortion stigma internationally
In closing, Ms. Miller implored the audience to hold onto hope—no matter how difficult the road to progress in reproductive health care appears. She ended with a quote from author Rebecca Solnit: “To hope is to gamble. It's to bet on your futures, on your desires, on the possibility that an open heart and uncertainty is better than gloom and safety. To hope is dangerous, and yet it is the opposite of fear, for to live is to risk.”