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Share Your Story

Sharing your abortion story can be empowering and help break down abortion stigma, build stronger communities and educate people about the wide range of experiences people who have had abortions go through. Please consider sharing your story with Trust Women by using the form below. We also regularly work with local, regional and national media, and have current storytelling opportunities listed at the bottom of the page. 

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Journalist Requests

Trust Women often works with journalists at national and regional media outlets to produce stories that seek to educate larger audiences on abortion rights and access. Many reporters ask to speak with patients or people who have had abortions, in order to tell a more complete story about the current state of reproductive health care in our country. 

Below you will find current requests for patient stories from reporters that Trust Women has vetted and worked closely with. If you would like to share your story with reporters, please use the information listed below to reach out directly to each reporter. You may always reach out to our communications team at any time to request more information, best practices for speaking with the media, or general questions about abortion storytelling resources. To contact our communications team, please email communications@itrustwomen.org.

Current Media Requests

VICE News

My name is Carter Sherman, and I'm a reporter with VICE News.

I'm looking to talk to people who have recently had an abortion or are currently going through the process of getting one. I think it's more important than ever that the public understand what it's like to get an abortion right now, and if you're willing to share your story, I'd be incredibly grateful.

If you have any questions or concerns, I'm happy to hop on the phone for a preliminary conversation. (If you decide you don't want to share your story after that conversation, that's absolutely fine.) If you'd like to share your story anonymously, I can explain what that might look like. I can also share examples of past stories I've done, including ones where people shared their abortion stories. I know many folks don't have a lot of experience talking to reporters, and I'd like to demystify the process in any way that I can.

I can be reached at carter.sherman@vice.com or securely on Signal at (206) 371 4190. Thanks so much for your time and your consideration.

 

Engaging with Media 

Speaking with reporters can feel intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! Here are a few best practices that we use, as well as additional resources. Please reach out to communications@itrustwomen.org if you'd like more information or if you have specific questions about how to speak with reporters. 

Quick Tips: 

  • Choose a quiet place with few distractions for your conversation
  • Practice what you'd like to say in front of a mirror or with a friend
  • Only answer questions that you know the answer to--you never have to answer questions you do not know or are uncomfortable answering
  • Give shorter answers and let the reporter ask follow-up questions if they need more information

Additional Storytelling Resources: 

WeTestify.org -- 

We Testify is an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions, increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere, and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. We Testify invests in abortion storytellers to elevate their voices and expertise, particularly those of color, those from rural and conservative communities, those who are queer-identified, those with varying abilities and citizenship statuses, and those who needed support when navigating barriers while accessing abortion care.

Shout Your Abortion --

Shout Your Abortion is normalizing abortion and elevating safe paths to access, regardless of legality. SYA makes resources, campaigns, and media intended to arm existing activists, create new ones, and foster collective participation in abortion access all over the country.

Abortion Storytelling Project -- A longer list of several storytelling orgs and resources.