On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region and Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee announced a new initiative called the Tennessee Stories Project, which aims to normalize abortions by sharing positive testimonies of women who had them.
“The Tennessee Stories Project rejects the premise that abortion is morally wrong or socially unacceptable and is working to promote a culture of compassion in Tennessee,” PP Greater Memphis Region CEO Ashley Coffield said.
In addition to hosting stories, the project’s website offers speakers for community events and encourages pro-abortion activists to host reading groups on the subject.
“While one in three American women will have an abortion during her reproductive lifetime, many of them experience silence, fear, shame, and a sense of powerlessness,” Coffield continued. However, the original study the “one in three” claim came from actually said it was 30%, and warned even that was not intended to be taken as a “precise measure.”
Tennessee organizations partnering with Planned Parenthood on the project include Healthy and Free Tennessee, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Council of Jewish Women-TN, the Sea Change Program, and SisterReach.
The premise that opposition to abortion would cease if positive abortion anecdotes were more widespread is popular among pro-abortion activists, but many similar attempts to the Tennessee Stories Project over the years have failed to make an appreciable drop in pro-life attitudes, primarily because they fail to account for the perspective of the baby killed by abortion.