Mission Statement

Shout Your Abortion is a movement working to normalize abortion through art, media, and community events all over the country.

Following the U.S. Congress’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015, the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion became a viral conduit for abortion storytelling, receiving extensive media coverage and positioning real human experiences at the center of America’s abortion debate for the very first time. SYA quickly evolved into a grassroots movement, which has inspired countless individuals to share their abortion stories through art, media, and community events all over the country.

A quarter of American women will have at least one abortion at some point in their lives, and abortion is common amongst gender non-conforming folks as well. Although abortion is a normal part of reproductive life for people of every political persuasion, faith, race, and income bracket, the culture of silence surrounding the issue has allowed the anti-choice movement to dominate the conversation with propaganda and lies. Currently, although 70% of Americans support Roe v. Wade, abortion access is already out of reach for many and our constitutional right to reproductive freedom is on the chopping block.

Abortion bans are racist. The poor and working class—who are disproportionately Black, indigenous, undocumented, and people of color—are the targets of anti-choice legislation. There is no way to address economic or racial inequality in this country without ensuring reproductive freedom for all. And there’s no way to fight for reproductive freedom unless we get comfortable talking about abortion: saying the word out loud, telling our stories, and building communities that are comfortable with the truth.

Every single day, all sorts of people have abortions, for every reason you can imagine. We are your siblings, your coworkers, your spouses and your friends. Abortion helps countless people live their best lives. We are the proof.

Abortion access may continue to crumble. Those who believe the poor are not worthy of healthcare, dignity and freedom may become bolder in their intolerance. But we are only going to get louder. We are the majority. We are good. We are having abortions, legal or not, and we will never be silenced again. We won’t stop until we see reproductive freedom for all.


Yes! Currently SYA has nonprofit sponsorship, meaning we function like a nonprofit and can accept tax‑ deductible donations, but we’re also an LLC. Currently SYA is in its third year as an organization, and we fund our programming with grants, donations, speaking fees, and income from our online shop. Our budget pays our tiny but mighty staff and allows us to facilitate projects and events all over the country.

SYA functions more like a collective than a traditional nonprofit. We see SYA as a conduit. Each community that springs up around the concept of SYA is responsible for establishing their own values and norms. What works for a group of punks in Brooklyn will probably not work as well for a group of retirees in the Midwest—in fact, these groups might find one another’s tone or tactics questionable!— and that’s okay. In fact, that’s great! SYA believes that the effort to dismantle compulsory silence and shame surrounding abortion requires a vast range of approaches. You do you.

Congratulations! Your application has been accepted and you are now an official SYA operative. You can find ideas here and you can sign up for our newsletter which we use to send various calls for participation.

You can also just do your own thing altogether. Some things that people have done include: making zines, having art shows, writing love letters to abortion clinics, organizing a book club, having a film screening, producing a storytelling or comedy event, having a button‑making party, painting a mural, hanging a banner on an overpass, writing songs about abortion, making music videos or podcasts about abortion, students doing research projects about abortion and abortion stigma, putting together a panel discussion with community organizations that work on abortion‑related issues, hosting an abortion speak‑out, telling someone or everyone about your abortion, talking about abortion on a first date, talking about abortion with a child, letting the people in your life know that you want to support them if and when they have abortions, throwing yourself or your loved one a party to honor, celebrate, grieve, or otherwise commemorate a recent or upcoming abortion.

SYA has no official headquarters. Our work is focused in the U.S., although we do have friends and sister organizations in other countries and we support universal access to abortion without shame for everyone in the universe.

Dozens of SYA events have happened all over the country without anti‑choice people showing up, but sometimes they do. Prepare for the possibility by setting aside time before your event and checking in with event hosts and volunteers. Considerations about security vary based on where you live, whether your event is public or private, the size and nature of the event, the venue, and the resources available to you. Because of all those variables, it’s difficult for us to advise you specifically on what your game plan should be. We suggest discussing what your system of responses will be if anti‑choice people show up, based on their tactics and how uncomfortable they are making you feel. For example, your group might decide that a couple of people holding anti‑choice signs outside of the venue doesn’t merit any response, but that if one of them tries to come inside, you will deny them entry. You might also decide that if a group of protesters becomes more vocal and is harassing attendees or encroaching on private property, you will call law enforcement or campus security, or you may agree not to involve these groups. You may decide to hire professional security for your event or enlist a door person from your favorite bar. We believe in your ability to decide what feels right and reasonable based on your unique situation. If someone is making you or your guests feel unsafe, you have every right to treat that threat as serious and use whatever resources you would normally use to report a threatening person: telling them, “You are harassing me,” “You are making me feel unsafe,” “I need you to stop threatening people and leave,” or “I’m calling security.” And then call for help (the owner of the venue, a mentor, security, or 911 if you wish). We recommend deciding which resource you will call in advance and talking about that with your team so you’re not scrambling for a number in the moment.

When people harass us online, we delete their comments and block them immediately. There is an incredible wealth of information and resources about online harassment at There is also an excellent toolkit at, which was created by activists Anita Sarkeesian, Jaclyn Friedman, and Renee Bracey Sherman. It outlines some quick, easy precautions that are geared toward protecting people who may be more vulnerable to harassment as members of a marginalized group or because they are engaging in online activism. We highly recommend taking a look at these sites before sharing your abortion story publicly, and they’re good resources for everybody who uses the internet.

Probably! Email us a little more information. We might also be able to help promote your event/action/art through our website, newsletter, or social media.

Please do! SYA messaging belongs to everyone and it’s meant to be widely proliferated.

Maybe! Email us to tell us more about what you have in mind and join our mailing list to receive our calls for events.

SYA staff are available as schedules allow, sometimes for a modest fee.

Often! If you have a silent auction or raffle coming up to support your org, hit us up!

Yes, thanks! As a nonprofit project, we can accept tax‑deductible gifts of service, goods, or cold, hard cash, which we use to support all sorts of projects, art commissions, and events. You can donate here. Thank you!

SYA in the Press

Shout Your Abortion has been covered by media outlets the world over.