Interview with Renee Bracey Sherman
By: Rachel Lee
Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist, writer, and expert on abortion storytelling and the representation of people who have had abortions in media and pop culture. After having an abortion at the age of 19, she has become an outspoken advocate ensuring the voices of people who’ve had abortions are central to the conversation and eradication of abortion stigma. As a member of Echoing Ida, a Black women’s writing collective and project of Forward Together, Renee has written extensively on abortion access, Black women’s health disparities, and digital harassment. Renee’s work has been featured on the BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, EBONY Magazine, TIME, The Atlantic, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and more. In 2014, Renee authored Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations, a guide to abortion storytelling, and in 2015 she co-authored Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), a multilingual digital guide on handling online harassment.