Cecile Richards - StoryCorps

We’re Building an Audio Archive of stories about the impact of abortion bans on people across the country.

Resistance and Resilience: Voices of Post-Roe America is a new partnership with StoryCorps, dedicated to recording and uplifting stories of courage, impact, and truth, as told in conversations between abortion seekers, patients, healthcare providers, advocates, and the people who love them. You’re invited to share your perspective.

RECORD WITH STORYCORPS

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that helps everyday Americans record, preserve, and share their stories. Since 2003, StoryCorps has given over half a million Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. 

If you have been affected by abortion bans or restrictions, we invite you to choose someone you care about and interview each other about your experience.

We’ve developed a list of questions to inspire your conversation including: 

  • How have your state’s abortion laws affected you personally?
  • What does it mean to have full access to reproductive healthcare?
  • What do you wish people knew about your experience?
  • What do we lose when we ban abortion?
Listen to an edited story from a StoryCorps conversation

There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to have a StoryCorps conversation, and you can use the free StoryCorps Connect online platform to record in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a strong internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer with a microphone, and an open heart.

How recording works

You’ll use the StoryCorps Virtual Recording Booth (powered by StoryCorps Connect) to record your conversation. 

Step 1

Decide if you and your partner want to record in the same room or record from different locations.

Step 2

When you’re ready to record, create a free StoryCorps online account, then you’ll enter the StoryCorps Virtual Recording Booth. 

Step 3

Hit “Start Recording Audio“, follow the prompts to introduce yourself, and dig into your conversation!

Step 4

When you’ve finished, you’ll be prompted to save your recording as part of the Resistance and Resilience Collection in the StoryCorps Archive.

Recording faq

 

Anyone who has been affected by abortion bans including patients, healthcare providers, advocates, and the people who love them. The goal is to create an archive representing the full breadth of experiences people are facing in this new era. Your stories, and the stories of your loved ones, are an important piece.
Choose someone you care about – a loved one, a friend, a mentor, a neighbor, etc – whose experiences or wisdom you want to document.
StoryCorps conversations are meant to be spontaneous, authentic, and unscripted. We’ve developed a list of great questions to inspire your conversation, but ultimately what you talk about during your recording is entirely up to you. Follow your curiosity and speak from the heart.
When you complete your interview, it will automatically be saved in the StoryCorps archive as part of a special collection. You’ll have the ability to control the privacy settings for your interview in the archive – with the option to either make your interview public, or to make it accessible only to other StoryCorps online archive users. (You can also delete recordings, and record new interviews, if you need to.) You can adjust your privacy settings at any time.

Why should i participate?

Recording with StoryCorps is an opportunity to:

Honor someone you care about.

Take time to talk about the things that matter most with someone who has played an important role in your life. 

Build understanding.

Your recording will help build a more nuanced understanding of the effect abortion bans have on real people.

Create a legacy for the future.

You’ll be part of history, with your story preserved in the Library of Congress and in a dedicated collection in the StoryCorps Archive.

Mark this Moment in History.

Use this occasion of this moment to reflect on the past, think about the future, and take stock of what’s important.