Amelia Bonow, co-creator of the #Shoutyourabortion hashtag on twitter, has now been forced to hide away from her apartment after her address was leaked. Since creating the hashtag, Bonow was harassed by people on Twitter, according to CNN and The New York Times.
Lindy West, a writer for Jezebel, took a screenshot of Bonow’s Facebook post talking about how she had an abortion last year, and posted it on Twitter with the #shoutyourabortion hashtag – written at the end of Bonow’s Facebook post. The tag is meant for women who have had abortions to share stories and explain how their lives have been positively affected by the abortions.
“A shout is not a celebration or a value judgment; it’s the opposite of a whisper, of silence,” Bonow told New York Times. “Even women who support abortion rights have been silent, and told they were supposed to feel bad about having an abortion.”
At 15, my birth control failed. It was also the first time I made a very conscious and logical decision for MY future. #ShoutYourAbortion
— Natasha ✨ (@anjunatyashaa) September 23, 2015
Abortion is currently at the forefront of political debates, as government is considering cutting Planned Parenthood from federal funding after an anti-abortion group accused Planned Parenthood of selling fetal tissue illegally. People who are against abortion have also provided a hashtag to counter #shareyourabortion called #shareyouradoption, where people share stories of adopting or being adopted and being against abortion.