"I realized that the thing that I could do to change the way people perceive abortion is to share my story."
On September 19th, the day after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood, I told my Facebook feed that I'd had an abortion. My disclosure offered no justification for why I'd decided to end the pregnancy, nor was it padded with wistfulness, shame, or regret.
While many still wish to denounce hashtag activism as narcissistic, lazy, and ultimately devoid of real solutions, I have to firmly disagree.
Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.
Some of them got pretty ugly.