Can Listening to Women Who Have Had Abortions Bring Peace to the Abortion Wars? by Eyal Rabinovitch

My organization, Exhale, recently published the paper "Can Listening to Women Who Have Had Abortions Bring Peace to the A... by Eyal Rabinovitch to great acclaim.

“Pro-Voice is one of the most remarkable conflict transformation programs I have read about for a long time.” – Michelle LeBaron, Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Dispute Resolution at the University of British Columbia

“As a student and practitioner of the bridge-building arts, I’m grateful to Exhale for their scholarship and experience. Transforming one of the most polarizing debates in our country into a process that
generates wisdom for all is a truly ground-breaking achievement. I
applaud their efforts.” – Jonah Wittkamper, Director of Search for Common Ground – USA

“Stories of personal experience expand our minds and hearts, and we need this expanded thinking and feeling in order to handle powerful debates like abortion …Pro-Voice… has the potential to challenge the
public debate and spur new conversation about abortion and about how
our society should deal with it.” – Mary Jacksteit, Former Director, Common Ground Network for Life and.... Read Mary’s review of the paper in her blog post here.

“To center women’s real abortion experiences in all their richness and complexity presents a huge departure for all sides in terms of how abortion is discussed and fought over in this country. Specifically,
it would catalyze change politically and culturally, as well as
personally.” – Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, reproductive justice leader and blogger. Read Aimee’s review of the paper in her blog post here.

“It’s a great idea!” - Paul Rogat Loeb, author of “Soul Of a Citizen: Living With Conviction In Challenging Times” and “The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide
to Hope in a Time of Fear”

“I believe in the power of authentic stories and I want abortion peace so I am ready to be a part of the peace contingent. Many questions remain, such as how we get from where we are to where we want
to be, and how we can lead our organizations as part of a growing peace
contingent. With support and allies, I’m ready to take the necessary
steps to start to answer these critical questions.” - Miriam Yeung,
Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

“What pro-choicers can learn from the pro-voice movement is courage. We cannot let ourselves fall into the trap of arguing that women’s rights should depend on women’s conformity to a single worldview.
Acknowledging the complexity of people’s direct experiences can go a
long way to winning culture war battles. We’ve achieved peace, for
instance, on the topic of divorce. And the reason we were able to do
that is those who lived through divorce spoke about it in human,
complex terms. We can bring that nuance to abortion, and we shouldn’t
be afraid.” - Amanda Marcotte blogs at Pandagon, RH Reality Check, and Double X

“It is through stories that we get to a change of heart… and [Pro-Voice] brings hope for abortion peace by offering a place for the stories to belong. The stories belong to both sides, they belong to
all of us, they are part of our community. The stories hold the
potential for peace, by listening at the very least we help people hear
and at the very most, we are shifting the war on abortion.”- Kris
Miner, Executive Director, St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program. Read Kris’s review of the paper in her blog post here.

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Tags: Abortion, Conflict, Culture, Peace, Pro-Voice, Transformation, USA, Wars, Women


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Comment by Achan on May 27, 2010 at 2:03pm
l totally agree with you. publising the stories Abortion cases will help in the fight.

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