Joyce Townsend

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Storytelling | No Comments

I have had two abortions but I usually only told of one. I used to not talk about the pregnancy that resulted from a rape when I was 17 because people would give me sympathy and tell me that one was OK. But, the abortion I had because I couldn’t afford a child was somehow […]

Melissa Thrailkill

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Storytelling | No Comments

I have never shared my story for a couple of reasons. One, as an attorney, I’ve had to be careful about separating my professional from my personal. That fear that somehow that’s the one thing people out there will hold onto about myself created some fear that my professional life could be hurt. The second […]

Aimee Arrambide

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Storytelling | No Comments

For a long time, I felt inauthentic — because, as someone who works for reproductive justice and reproductive rights, I had never told my abortion story. Even though my own father was an abortion provider in Texas for 25 years, and I work specifically on or advocating for proactive abortion rights policies, I had never […]

An update about Repro Power Houston

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Events | No Comments

Houston friends, We hope you and your loved ones made it safely through Harvey and that the process of healing and rebuilding has seen you surrounded by a supportive, resilient community. Both of us working in Houston—Hannah, who has been here for nine years, and Sharmeen, who moved the weekend before the hurricane—are extremely proud […]

Zoraima Pelaez

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Storytelling | No Comments

As a first-generation American growing up in poverty, I never expected to go to college. It wasn’t until I started to excel in my career as a hairstylist and makeup artist that I gained the courage and confidence to return to community college and pursue my education. Shortly after returning to school I learned that […]

Abortion Speak Out Scheduled in September at City Halls Across Texas

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Events | No Comments

Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas are launching the statewide Repro Power TX initiative with simultaneous abortion storytelling speakouts in four major cities throughout the state—Dallas, El Paso and Austin and a special hurricane relief action in Houston. As we gather at city halls around Texas on September 27—just […]