‘Silence’ is commonly invoked to characterise the place of women’s personal narratives of abortion in public spaces. Yet women have been publicly speaking their abortion stories at least since the beginning of the Women’s Liberation Movement. This article argues that ‘forgetting’ is the better term to describe the public place of women’s stories of abortion. After recovering a 50-year history of public story-telling, it argues that the imperatives of whiteness and white maternal citizenship in Australia underpin institutionalised forgetting of stories of abortion. It concludes that the claim of silence only reproduces the forgetting, and the innocence of white national memory.
|Number of pages||20|
|Early online date||25 Mar 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
- national identity
- personal is political
- personal narratives