“I had an abortion” t-shirts stirring controversy in the United States

Posted by Tom Megginson | 19-04-2012 00:19 | Category: Women's Issues

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These shirts, with their simple, yet polarizing statement, recently caused an uproar at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

According to mainstream “mommy blog” The Stir, “Author, filmmaker, and third-wave feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner began designing them eight years ago, in an effort to encourage women to speak about their experiences with terminating a pregnancy.”

But when Ms. Baumgardner arrived at UNCW to participate in a panel discussion about abortion, she was faced with protestors with their own shirts that read “I haven’t killed a baby.”

The Stir’s Maressa Brown notes, “Whether anti-abortionists like it or not, 1.3 million abortions occur in the U.S. every year. But the topic is still so taboo that we can’t talk about it. Well, plenty of women feel it’s their right to talk about it. And wear these tees they shall. Seems to me Baumgardner and anyone who ‘dare’ wear her tees in an effort to speak her peace could only be described as brilliant and brave.”

And the American culture wars rage on…

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Jennifer Baumgardner
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