Room to Grow After Dark: Abortion, Women’s Rights & Tough Conversations with Sara Silverstein & James Walsham

June 30, 2022

Today, we’re talking about abortion. 

Because as women, men, all genders, all nationalities, all abilities, all income levels and beliefs, we don’t talk about it enough.

Or seemingly ever.

Even as a Canadian, I was overwhelmed with emotion this week following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that made abortion a constitutional right. 

The news and ensuing wave of emotions rippled across borders and even continents.  

I immediately thought of the millions of American women and child bearers whose lives will be seriously threatened because of someone else’s beliefs.

I immediately thought of my friend Sara.

Sara Silverstein is a Breath Work Facilitator, Aura Photographer & Female Sexuality Specialist who had an abortion at 16. Like many others, she has carried the emotional weight of both the decision and the abortion itself, but wrapped much of it up in a veil of stigma and unease.

Now, Sara and many others are starting to speak up publicly about abortion in hopes to inform, educate and instil compassion and understanding in everyone.

Sara, together with James Oliver Walsham, “The Compassionate Man” and host of The Honest Bloke podcast, are here for a special episode of Room To Grow™ “After Dark” which was recorded in front of a live audience and included Q&A. 

This incredibly candid and detailed conversation about abortion features male and female perspectives and personal experiences of abortion, as well as view points from Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom.

It’s not a lecture.

It’s storytelling. 

A chance to speak, listen and open our minds. 

“I think this is going to be the beginning of another uprising.” – Sara Silverstein

In this episode, we’re talking about:

  • Why this decision in the US affected so many people around the world
  • Abortion statistics, including first-time abortions and the number of women/people who abort pregnancies
  • The arguments against abortion as a “method of contraception”
  • Why abortion rights have a greater impact on ethnic minorities, BIPOC, transgender people and other marginalized groups
  • Why we need to start having more open conversations about abortion
  • First hand abortion stories from both Sara and James
  • Why men struggle with the topic of abortion
  • The role men play in supporting women/childbearers when it comes to pregnancy and abortion
  • What men can do to educate themselves on abortion and the physiology of pregnancy
  • Why politician need to become more educated and aware of trauma
  • How people of other nationalities can support American women who may lose their ability to safely access abortion
  • The influence of capitalism on banning abortion
  • Why this may be the start of an uprising around abortion rights in America and around the world

I want this podcast to open the floodgates for you to feel like you have somewhere safe to discuss the topic of abortion. If you were unable to join this recording live, I encourage you to reach out with questions, stories and compassion. 

I have also provided helpful abortion resources below.

Finally, please share this episode with someone you know who needs to hear it.

We need to keep talking – and learning from others – about abortion and our fundamental human rights.

REFERENCES:

Sara Silverstein on Instagram @sarasilverstein

James Walsham on Instagram @iamjamesoliver

Episode 266 | Not All Men, But Almost Always With Traver Boehm Of Man Uncivilized

Episode 282 | The Fear Of Communication, Asking For What You Want In The Bedroom & Embracing Your Sensitivity With Sara Silverstein

Episode 288 | Tantra, Polarity, Pleasure & The Strong Independent Woman With Sophie Josephina

Episode 62 | Post-Birth Control Syndrome, Fertility & PMS with Dr. Jolene Brighten

From the New Yorker “We’re Not Going Back to the Time Before Roe. We’re Going Somewhere Worse”

Brandon Kyle Goodman on Instagram

Cam Fraser 

ABORTION RESOURCES

https://abortionfunds.org

https://www.arcc-cdac.ca

https://www.asn.org.uk/

https://exhaleprovoice.org

https://aidaccess.org

https://digitaldefensefund.org

https://fireweedcollective.org

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