Signs: Let Women Choose, Go Wendy Go! Men In Suits Are Not Qualified To Make Women's Choices

Choice saves lives, and empowers those who choose.

Tonight’s music video is a performance by Jolie Holland (previously on the Watercooler) at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk.

It’ll take just a few seconds to find out if you’re likely to fall in love with Jolie Holland. In this intimate performance at the NPR Music offices, Holland plays songs from 2011′s Pint of Blood with an unadorned style that makes her lyrics and voice all the more touching.

Set List:

‘Tender Mirror’

‘The Devil’s Sake’

‘First Sign of Spring’

Religious conservatives would have you believe that abortion is always a negative experience for the woman, and almost inevitably a source of regret. Recently on Huffington Post, Nicole Stewart shared a different, positive abortion narrative in “The 5 Most Surprising Things About My Abortion:”

The day after the abortion, I made a statement to my husband that would change my life even further: ‘I’m going to share our story.’ Before having an abnormal fetus, I might not have understood why a woman would want or need to have an abortion after 20 weeks. It sounded lazy, careless and selfish to me. But once I knew from traumatic personal experience that there can be loving reasons for a late-term abortion, I felt I couldn’t stay silent. I realized that if I had heard more people talking about this side of the issue before I went through it myself, I might have felt less alone — and I might have felt less humiliated to think that others might think me lazy, careless or selfish, when the truth was that I wanted my baby more than anything. Like Senator Davis, who stood for me and all women, I decided to let people know how important it is to protect a woman’s right to choose. I started with a speech for TEDxSMU last October and then told my story for Oral Fixation — and I haven’t stopped.

After taking a deep breath and putting my truth out into the world, I was inundated with loving support. Friends have confided that they’ve had abortions, and now we are closer because I know something about them that hardly anyone else knows. Strangers who’ve read my story have reached out and thanked me for sharing. I’m developing friendships with a couple of women who’ve also gone through terminations due to fetal abnormalities. And then there’s the immediate reaction when I speak in public–men shaking my hand, thanking me for being brave enough to shed light on an issue they’ve struggled to understand; women hugging me, saying it’s a miracle I could talk about such pain in public when they’ve lived quietly with their own pain for years. Even the woman whose story Wendy Davis was telling when I clicked on the live stream reached out to me in solidarity. My story has brought awareness to the plight of so many who previously suffered in silence. And together we feel stronger and less isolated.

Thanks to Maryann Philbrook for this link.

Bonus: Social media has been buzzing about Wait But Why’s fascinating post, “Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping.”

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