We legally own the right to interrupt a pregnancy, I support it and I think we should all support it!

We legally own the right to interrupt a pregnancy, I support it and I think we should all support it!

The reasons why abortion stigma exists in Albanian society are many and deeply rooted in our culture. As a consequence of stigma, women don’t feel free to decide whether or not to continue an unintended pregnancy, and most of the times stigma leads women towards unsafe abortions, risking the loss of their lives. This must change and it is us young people who can initiate change, by ourselves, by the education of our social group, our family, and further our whole society because we can bring about that change.
We legally own the right to interrupt a pregnancy, I support it and I think we should all support it!
The times that we, young people, even discuss with each other about abortion are not numerous and are always triggered by any story we hear. Some time ago a friend of mine who already supports women’s right to interrupt a pregnancy told me:
“In my community, a girl who was married at a young age and had a happy marriage at first glance, as I saw from the outside, also had a daughter, but one day by accident i learned that she has had abortion more than once. At first I stigmatized her, judged her badly in my mind, I didn’t like the action at all, and I couldn’t conceive how a girl / woman could do it without any reason. Some time passed and I accidentally met the girl myself and realized that her marriage was not as happy as it seemed from the outside, I met her again the other day and she told me that her husband’s family lead her to the interruption of pregnancy only because the child would be female and since they already had a daughter they had to have a son. “They told me that we Albanian people want to have a son to carry on with family name. “-she expressed. From this I came to realize that the girl, fearing being stigmatized, did not mention her abortions or the reason behind it, but were the rumors of neighborhood residents from where we learned about it. ”
After this story and many other discussions about the legal right we have in Albania for interruption of pregnancy, the right to maintain our privacy on such matters, the solidarity we have to show to women, etc., my friend managed to change her attitude on interruption of pregnancy and thus many other young people can change.
We young people do not seem sufficiently engaged for such causes because we believe that one’s attitude toward such topics does not change. But I think it changes!!
The key to this is to educate young people, as well as, our attempt to change this stigma toward abortion should extend to other generations where young people should begin to discuss freely with their family about the topic and persuade them to change their attitude. So step by step, the stigma about abortion starts fading in our society.
A story by K.Dh, volunteer near ACPD