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The leftist activist group Shout Your Abortion has posted six billboards across Interstate 55, which spans through five strongly pro-life states.
The billboards, which variously state in huge letters, “God’s Plan Includes Abortion,” and “Abortion Is Okay. You Are Loved,” have been placed on the route going north toward Illinois, a very pro-abortion state.
— Shout Your Abortion (@ShoutYrAbortion) September 16, 2023
“It feels really good to think that we could have made somebody’s experience just a little bit easier,” Amelia Bonow, 38, the executive director of Shout Your Abortion, told The Washington Post.
Bonow said although the billboards are scheduled to be removed next week, “I would love for them to be everywhere.”
Back in 2018, the Left-wing activist explained why she helped start the “shout your abortion” movement.
“[W]hen I found out that the House of Representatives had voted to defund Planned Parenthood. I kind of unraveled,” Bonow said in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine “Oprah” in July 2018. “I opened Facebook and, without thinking, wrote, ‘Like a year ago, I had an abortion at Planned Parenthood … and I remember this experience with a nearly inexpressible level of gratitude.’ I hit Post 153 words later, and everything changed.”
“… after the House vote, it struck me that the times I’d ranted about abortion rights, I hadn’t actually invoked my own experience,” she continued. “On some level, I’d internalized the stigma — though I honestly wasn’t ashamed. Then why hide? It wasn’t out of character for me to disclose something so personal online. What was out of character was my silence. “
Bonow’s friend, Lindy West, saw Bonow’s Facebook post. She wrote, “With her permission, I screengrabbed Amelia’s post and put it on Twitter, with a hashtag that seemingly wrote itself: Don’t whisper, #ShoutYourAbortion.”
The movement was pushed by Hollywood, including actresses Lizz Winstead and Sarah Silverman promoted a “Stand Up for Shout Your Abortion” party in Los Angeles.
In addition to the questions of morality when it comes to abortion, a 2018 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry that examined roughly 160,000 women who had undergone an abortion stated, “Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion.”
Tighter laws protecting unborn children, especially throughout the South, went into effect following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.