Activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison started the#ShoutYourAbortion hashtag on Sept. 19, in response to the news that the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood. West asked people on Twitter to use the hashtag to share how their lives have been impacted by safe, legal abortion. Although many tweets were open and honest, sharing real stories about choices and experiences women went through, a flood of pro-lifers started filling the hashtag. For every tweet about abortion, though, the reality remains true that shame, stigma and societal pressures keep many women silenced from sharing their own experiences.

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  • Laila Alawa

    Laila Alawa is the CEO and Founder of The Tempest, a leading media company where the world goes to hear the stories of diverse millennial women. She is also the host for The Expose, a weekly podcast tackling tough topics with snark and wit. Her work has been mentioned in The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, Mashable, Color Lines, Bustle, Feministing, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. She's also appeared on Al-Jazeera America, BBC World News, NPR, and Huffington Post Live.

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