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I had an abortion... Or maybe I didn't: Leslie Cannold at TEDxCanberra 2012

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Published on Oct 3, 2012

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"I had an abortion... Or maybe I didn't. What does it matter?"

In opening with that question, ethicist, Leslie Cannold, challenges us to reshape our thinking on abortion.

In the West, one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Yet, society still places a stigma on this most mundane of medical procedures, and in doing so, perpetuates a cycle of shame that keeps abortion hidden and places unreasonable pressures on those needing or wanting one.

Leslie Cannold argues we must stop the cycle of shame, that it "doesn't matter if I've had an abortion... or have I?"

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