The HUFF POST reports:
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. Women who have had abortions told their stories, and allies used the hashtag to show support for a woman's right to choose.
Some representative Tweets read as follows:
My abortion was in '10 & the career I've built since then fulfills me & makes me better able to care for kids I have now. #ShoutYourAbortion
Honestly, my abortion at 20 was one of the first responsible, non-self-destructive, grown-ass choices I ever made. #ShoutYourAbortion
I've had 2 abortions. I don't have to justify or explain them to anybody. My life is more valuable than a potential life. #shoutyourabortion
My abortion was in '07. I didn't want kids then and still don't. I'm managing my own wellness. #ShoutYourAbortion
I've never wanted to have children, so I had an abortion. I'm thriving, without guilt, without shame, without apologies. #ShoutYourAbortion
I haven't needed an abortion yet, but I don't know of ANY regrettable ones. If you need a ride to yours, let me know. #shoutyourabortion
Not all the Tweets have been in support of the abortion boasts. In fact, many have used the hashtag to counter it:
Destroying Sea Turtle eggs: Felony. Destroying Eagle eggs: Felony. Destroying a Fetus(Human): Get high fives on Twitter. #ShoutYourAbortion
I kept my baby. Because her divine right to live trumped my selfish desire not to take responsibility for my choices. #ShoutYourAbortion
Abortion does not make you unpregnant. It makes you the parent of a dead child. #ShoutYourAbortion
Instead of using the hashtag#ShoutYourAbortion why not drop the PC language and say #IKilledMyBabyAndImProudOfIt?
Perhaps one of the more balanced responses came from one tweeter who said, “Regardless of your stance on abortion, why can't we all agree it's not something to brag about? Why is #ShoutYourAbortion a thing? Ugh.”
Indeed, why is #ShoutYourAbortion a thing? Not only are we sinners, but we are proud sinners. While we should be mourning our sin, instead we revel in it. As one internet blogger put it, “The idea seems to be that boasting is magical -- it can turn even the most shameful atrocities into good deeds worthy of praise. What a disgraceful delusion.”
All the boasting in the world cannot magically transform sin into sanctity, or murder into morality.
We must guard our own hearts, however, from the equally dangerous delusion of boasting in our own righteousness. The Apostle Paul was quick to point this out to the Corinthian believers who, rather than dealing with the gross immorality in their midst, chose instead to be proud of themselves for being so much better (1 Corinthians 5:2).
Long story short, there is only one cause for boasting: “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord'" (1 Corintians 1:31).