In restrictive ID, stage show aims to reduce abortion's stigma
Monday, October 9, 2023
A stage show hopes to normalize how people talk about abortion in Idaho, a state with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
The Pro-Voice Project is partnering with the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to present The Abortion Diaries on Tuesday in Boise.
Founder and Executive Director of the Pro-Voice Project Jen Jackson Quintano put the first show on in Sandpoint.
She said if supporters of abortion are going to change the climate around reproductive rights, they should lean on personal stories and shed the stigma of talking about it.
"So I put out a call in our local community for people's abortion stories and I had 15 stories sent in to me from our small town here," said Jackson Quintano. "And we put on a stage production where 200 people came out to attend, which was really powerful."
The Abortion Diaries starts at 7 p.m. at Treefort Music Hall. It will be followed by a Q&A session that will include elected officials, medical providers and others.
The Pro-Voice Project will be in Moscow on Sunday with a similar stage production called Our Choices Our Voices. Supporters of strict abortion laws in Idaho vow to continue fighting the practice.
Jackson Quintano credited sharing personal experience with abortion as one reason why the show hasn't received much pushback so far.
"It's easier to be angry or to argue when someone is presenting facts and figures or their stance on some political issue," said Jackson Quintano, "but it's a little bit harder to get in someone's face when they're being vulnerable and sharing their personal story."
Jackson Quintano said abortion is a top issue for many people on both sides of the debate.
"We need to get more comfortable talking about this and get louder about it and share our experiences and create a space in which others can feel comfortable to share their experiences," said Jackson Quintano, "and I think that's going to make it so much easier to fight back here in Idaho."
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