"There's so much loud, heated discussion about abortion in America, but very few voices from women who have had abortions are added to the debate," photographer Allison Joyce recently told The Huffington Post.
Joyce decided to change that with her photo series "Abortion, After The Decision," which features portraits of five women from around the United States sharing their abortion stories.
Though "Abortion, After The Decision" was published in 2013, it's still relevant in light of the recent Supreme Court case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the outcome of which has the potential to shut down almost every abortion clinic in Texas.
"I thought it was important to hear women talk about the reasons why they decided to end their pregnancy and how they felt about their decision," Joyce told HuffPost.
One in three women in the U.S. will have an abortion in her lifetime, but unfortunately the decision to have the procedure is still stigmatized. "That means statistically we all know someone who has had to make that decision," Joyce said. "It could be your mother, sister, friend, teacher, neighbor."
By sharing their abortion stories, women can help break down this stigma. "I think it's important to humanize the issue and to go beyond the partisan debate, the statistics and headlines," Joyce said. "By talking openly and understanding how and why women arrive at the decision to terminate their pregnancy it can remove a lot of the stigma."
Scroll below to read their abortion stories.
Head over to Joyce's website to see more of her work.