Breaking Silences at #CLPP2017

CLPP’s mission is to build the next generation of reproductive justice activists. One way we do this is through the CLPP Student Organizing Group, where local students connect with one another and learn about reproductive justice while providing intensive logistical support for our annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.

A picture of a microphone unplugged winds around blooming flowers of many colors and styles In the middle, white cursive text reads "Breaking the Silence." In the bottom right hand corner, green text reads "an abortion speakout." In the top left hand corner, black text against a yellow background says "Puts a human face on this polarized and politicized question." In the bottom right hand corner, black text against a yellow background says, "Such a powerful and uniting experience! These stories were personally inspiring and will fuel my activism."

Breaking Silences: An Abortion Speak Out is an annual CLPP conference event that is organized and led by members of the Student Group.

The first documented abortion speak out in the U.S. took place in 1969 in New York City during a legislative committee meeting on whether to continue outlawing abortion. Fifteen abortion "experts" spoke at the meeting, all but one of whom were cisgender men.

Feminists from Redstockings interrupted, insisting that people who have personally had abortions be included in the discussion.

We take our inspiration for our Speak Out from this event, providing a space for people who have had abortions to share their stories in a safe and supportive environment.

Breaking Silences starts at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 7 at Hampshire College, with open and closed discussion spaces available afterwards, as well as physical and emotional support throughout and after the Speak Out. All are encouraged to attend! (First, you must be registered for the conference!)

Looking forward to connecting with you at #CLPP2017! In the meantime, make sure to say hello on Facebook, connect with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #CLPP2017, and tell everyone in your networks about the conference!


Niamh Gronningsater and IonaPearl Reid-Eaton,

#CLPP2017 Abortion Speak Out Committee Co-Chairs

Support the CLPP conference and make it possible for fierce grassroots activists to attend by becoming a monthly donor to CLPP or signing on to be a conference sponsor.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Abortion Access Fund, Inc.

Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts

Alliance for Justice

Center for Feminisms at Hampshire College

Center for Genetics and Society

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

Culture, Brain, and Development Program at Hampshire College

Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund

Feminist Majority Foundation

Feminist Studies at Hampshire College

Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Gender Spectrum

Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College

Hampshire College Admissions

Ibis Reproductive Health

Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts

Justice Now

Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center at Hampshire College

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National Network of Abortion Funds

Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Our Bodies Ourselves

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

Praxis Clinical

Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College


Queer Community Alliance Center at Hampshire College


Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Sea Change Program

Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies at Amherst College

Spiritual Life at Hampshire College

Survivor Support at Hampshire College

Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference

Tapestry Health

The CAIR Project

The Feminist Press at CUNY and Soapbox, Inc.

The Steinem Initiative

Translate Gender

Wellness Center at Hampshire College

Women With A Vision

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Donate now