EGYPT – Why I collect Egyptian women’s stories of abortion

“Abortion Tales” by Ghadeer Ahmed was first published for 28 September 2017 by the Egyptian group Mada Masr. In this new article, for 28 September in 2019, Ahmed reflects on the journey of collecting women’s stories since then. She says:

“I did not decide to gather these stories just to document them, or to shift public opinion on the question of abortion’s legal status in Egypt, and not even to make these women’s voices heard by decision-makers so that they can understand how women seeking abortion suffer from its criminalization. I compile these narratives for women who had, or may have an abortion under such circumstances. I write these stories to be a companion for women at a time when nobody is there for them. Perhaps the stories can offer some answers to questions women ask themselves when they find out they are pregnant. I collect these tales to be a mirror, in which women see other women’s experiences marked by fear, anxiety and survival. I write these stories for women to know they are not the only one going through this experience, and whatever she feels is real, that it is her right to feel it that way and that she owns it all….” 

“…Abortion marks a turning point for everyone involved….”

FULL ARTICLE/PHOTO: MadaMasr, 28 September 2019