Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade on Friday, millions of women shared their stories on social media, using the hashtag #roevwade to make their voices heard.
In less than 24 hours, this word -click has been shared over 1.7 billion times on TikTok.
“It's times like these that you can really hear the stories of women who have chosen abortion for them themselves, for their own lives, but also sometimes for their health or for their safety,” said Dez, a user of the TikTok platform.
Samantha Royal was 21 when she had an abortion. At the time, she was in an abusive relationship and was a victim of domestic violence.
“I remember lying on the floor after being pushed down the stairs and staring at the ceiling. I asked myself “how can I bring a baby in such a situation”. I did not feel safe, I was afraid and I felt trapped,” said the young woman.
“I didn't want to have to share this story, but I didn't know what else to do. I'm outraged,” she added in reaction to the Supreme Court's decision.
Another TikTok user, Mélanie Berliet, shared her grandmother's story, in addition to of his. “I think of my grandmother who drank bleach because she couldn't afford a fourth child, and I think of how I had a safe abortion in 2014 because that the timing was not right,” she said.
Carole Cannon, a retiree, also wanted to add her voice to that of others by sharing her abortion story. 51 years ago, she was still just a child, but she was part of a sex trafficking ring and was regularly abused. At the time, she was only 12 years old.
“When I became pregnant, it was a year before Roe v. Wade. If I hadn't had an abortion, I never would have graduated from high school or college. I never would have gotten a bachelor's degree in special education, I wouldn't have gotten married, and I wouldn't have had the chance to have children by choice,” she said.
“Thanks to my abortion, I was able to accomplish beautiful things and do good around me. I was able to inspire other people,” added Carole Cannon.
Women have not finished raising their voices to get things moving and have their rights respected, since in hours, hundreds of other videos and testimonials are shared on social networks.