The following invitation was forwarded to Cal Catholic on December 3.

Shodhini Institute
The 1st annual ABORTION DINNER
Friday, December 7, 2012
[Los Angeles]

THIS ABORTION DINNER will HONOR 30 plus WOMYN who have experienced ABORTION.  It will be a space for WOMYN to share their stories and FREE OURSELVES from the encounter of shame and stigma; and allowing each other and ourselves to FULLY EXPRESS our own complex and unique experiences in order to facilitate healing.

As it stands now, women seeking abortion care must walk through crowds of protestors; abortion providers fear for their safety; states are passing laws to make women seeking abortions go through waiting periods, obtain parental or judicial permission, or view photos of aborted fetuses; politicians vote against women’s reproductive rights.

We can turn this situation around if we talk to each other, privately and publicly about our experience with abortion.

At THIS ABORTION DINNER we are gathering to share OUR ABORTION STORIES over a lovely meal. It’s about time we get together, speak our truths and support each other. We are reclaiming our bodies and our right to be free of shame and guilt!…And replacing it with sisterhood and collective action.  Shodhini Institute wants this ABORTION DINNER to be the beginning of a national campaign.

“When hundreds of thousands of us start sharing our stories with friends and relatives, the cumulative effect of our honesty will be like the sun coming out from the clouds.”

– Carol Downer

We are The Shodhini Institute that empowers and educates feminist women, Masculine of Center womyn, transmen, and gender non-conforming individuals about radical health and sex education with a holistic self-help foundation.