It has always been important that our movement lifts the voices of marginalized people who’ve had abortions to help shift the narrative surrounding the procedure, particularly in areas where access is hardest. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of We Testify Texas!
We Testify Texas is a partnership between Texas abortion funds, The Afiya Center, Bridge Collective, Clinic Access Support Network, Frontera Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and Jane’s Due Process and the We Testify program to support their clients and abortion fund callers as they speak out about their experiences in support of abortion access and reproductive justice. Building on the We Testify program’s curriculum, we’ll be investing in the leadership of people who’ve had abortions and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. The program focuses on building the power and leadership of abortion storytellers of color, from rural and conservative communities, who are queer identified, with varying abilities and citizenship statuses, and who needed support when navigating barriers while accessing abortion care.
The We Testify Texas cohort held their opening retreat in July with storytellers hailing from all over the state who served by or are involved with a Texas abortion fund. The storytellers are excited to share their stories and educate Texans about what it’s like to get abortions through judicial bypass, as parents, as a trans person, as immigrants, and when supported by an abortion fund.