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How feminist campaigner Shannon Downey changed her mind on abortion

The activist talks about how her mum prompted an epiphany on abortion rights. 

On this episode of Change My Mind, the activist Shannon Downey, founder of Bad Ass Cross Stitch, talks about rethinking her views on abortion.

Downey recalls her mum’s “kindly and loving” intervention, which sowed the seeds of doubt in her mind, and encouraged a process of self-reflection. 

“This was the topic that helped me understand how to flush out what my own thoughts and opinions actually are versus what I had been fed over the course of a lifetime,” she said

Downey also talks to host Ali Goldsworthy about the impact of being woken up by a bullet in her Chicago bedroom and how her craft workshops are helping start conversations on difficult topics.

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