Join Lindsay as she interviews Faith Bistline about growing up in the FLDS. The two discuss the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade and how both women see parallels to their own upbringings. This episode discusses abortion and reproductive rights and how recent politics compound oppression for women and marginalized genders, even where we least expect it.
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thank you both for sharing your stories
Thank you for posting this episode. It’s such an important topic to address fully. It takes a lot of courage to speak so openly about such a personal, sensitive experience. So well done.
Im in tears. I hoped this would be kinder, but I can’t keep listening past minute 16. “The extreme stories in this debate are loose, promiscuous women who are selfish and just want to have abortions to get out of their own personal accountability. Not every abortion is some selfish woman who has an abortion punch-card and likes to kill babies”.
That was me. 19, broke, with an A-hole boyfriend pressuring me to end it. I was scared, I had no resources, no mentors. I had an abortion because I was terrified.
That I went on to be married to an RM in the temple (who never knew) and a great life can’t justify it.
Even with the feminists speaking out in defense of Roe vs Wade I am judged as the worst, most vile baby killer by people who differentiate their experience for more justified reasons.
All this just confirms that I can never get past it or feel support. My secret will die with me. Please keep this anonymous.
Someone, there are many people who want to protect abortion no matter the reason why you’re getting it. I’m sorry you feel judged. It’s unfortunate that some people think there are “acceptable” abortions and “bad” abortions. There are only abortions. All should be legal and safe. I hope you find peace. You don’t deserve to be tortured for having an abortion.
Lindsay, I know I’m posting on an old podcast. Haven’t tuned in for a while, but I’ve always been a fan of your work.
Have you seen the movie “Women Talking”? Very interesting, tragic, eye opening. It’s based on the book of the same title by Marian Toews, about the true story of a Mennonite community in which the women were being attacked at night in their homes. They were subdued with cow tranquilizer, then brutally raped. They’d wake up bruised and bloodied, with no memory of what happened. Pregnancies and STD’s resulted. The male elders told them demons did it. OMG. 2022 movie. I saw it recently when it was up three days for free on Amzn Prime.