Not Funny Ha-Ha is a bold, slightly wry graphic novel from Leah Hayes, illustrating the lives of two young women from different cultural, family, and financial backgrounds who go through two different abortions (medical and surgical). It does not address the events leading up to the pregnancy, or even the decision-making before choosing abortion as an option. It simply shows what happens when a woman goes through it, no questions asked. It follows them through the process of choosing a clinic, reaching out to friends, partners, and/or family…and eventually the procedure(s) itself.
Despite the fact that so many women and girls have abortions every day, in every city, all around us…t can be a lonely experience. Not Funny Ha-Ha is a little bit technical, a little bit moving, and often funny, in a format uniquely suited to communicate. The book is meant to be a non-judgmental, comforting, even humorous look at what a woman can go through during an abortion. Although the subject matter is heavy, the illustrations are light. The author takes a step back from putting forth any personal opinion whatsoever, simply laying out the events and possible emotional repercussions that could, and often do, occur.
This graphic novel is the abortion story that needs to be heard. — The Huffington Post
I want everyone who is having, has had, or is considering abortion to have this book. I want everyone who is close to someone who has had, is having or is considering abortion to have this book. I want anyone who feels like they just don’t or can’t understand what it’s like to go forward with, or even think about, abortion as an option to have this book. Really, I just want everyone to have this book, period.” — Heather Corinna (founder and director, Scarleteen: sex ed for the real world)
Reading this book is like sitting down with your cool older sister and having her assuringly and frankly explain a really tough situation you’re facing, and then convince you that you’re going to get through it and be okay. Intimate and kind, straightforward and informative, Leah Hayes clarifies and personalizes the clinical experience a woman can expect when she decides to have an abortion. Even more impressive, the author makes the story a compelling read, with charming artwork and humor.” — Ellen Forney (author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
"Conveys a feeling of comfort and openness, while also conveying the weight of the topic." - BuzzFeed
"The book explains medical jargon and breaks down the physical process of having a termination, while still offering a very human portrayal of the experience." - Cosmopolitan
"A serious work that aims to ease anxiety and bring clarity." - Bitch Media
"Takes the unnecessary mystery and fear out of the procedure." - MTV
"Judgment-free, but still witty and brutally honest enough to demystify the topic." - Ravishly
"An amazingly thoughtful, empathetic guide to abortion." - Publisher's Weekly
"Hayes' illustrations are straightforward and witty. She defines technical terms and medical processes, while still managing to capture the deeply personal, human side of the reproductive decisions a woman makes." - Huffington Post