One in four American women will have an abortion over a lifetime. ONE IN FOUR. Yet the procedure remains shrouded in taboo and stigma, allowing it to remain the target of anti-choice activists. I believe that art can engender empathy, understanding, or at least conversation around topics that are profoundly polarizing. In 2016, I wrote a flash fiction story, “First Response,” about the many reasons why women may have an abortion, and the range of feelings they have about it. In 2018, I am making the story into a short film that can be shared privately, in groups or at public events to humanize the women and their personal choices.
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