Abortion Humour: It’s Not That Serious


  • Sophie Harms


Abortion, Humour, Reparative, Reclaiming, Reproductive Justice


This article interrogates deep-seated cultural narratives surrounding abortion as a traumatic and taboo experience, highlighting the role of crisis pregnancy centres in the Okanagan as perpetuating these dominant and oppressive ideas. It traces the impacts of Post-Abortion Syndrome, and how the legacy of this mendacious pseudo-diagnosis reinforces traditional gender norms to further stigmatize abortion. The article explores instances of abortion humor as a radical measure to counteract this stigma, highlighting comedic signage from a local pro-abortion protest. This humour contradicts the assumed repression and shame associated with normative abortion discussions, of which reinforces stigma. The author argues against abortion taboo, finding that humor serves as a mechanism to normalize, destigmatize and reclaim abortion, challenging the dominant culture's attempts to control reproductive rights through these normative and oppressive assumptions of taboo and shame.

Author Biography

Sophie Harms


Sophie is a first-generation settler residing on the unceded, traditional and unsurrendered territory of the Syilx Peoples. She is a fourth-year Cultural Studies student at UBCO with an interest in decolonized, intersectional reproductive justice in so-called Canada. She is fascinated by the radical potential of positive and reparative abortion representations. She also runs an Instagram account, @prochoice_okgn, along with her fellow colleague, Nyah Meller. When not writing or protesting, Sophie creates social media content for local non-profit, Mamas for Mamas.