These Images Beautifully Explain Why Reproductive Justice Affects All Of Us

0

In 2011, an artist and activist named Megan Smith launched the Repeal Hyde Art Project. The Hyde Amendment is a little-known law that bans the government from using federal funds to cover abortion. Passed in 1976, it’s a provision on the annual appropriations bill, not a permanent law. This means that every year, there’s an opportunity to not include the Hyde Amendment. But every year, it gets passed again. Combining her art with some activism seemed to make sense.

1

“I had been working in abortion access and I wanted to try and find a way to create more dialogue around unaffordable and inaccessible abortion care,” Megan told Upworthy. “In addition to that, as an artist, I was searching for related feminist images but couldn’t find any that mirrored the resistance and resilience of people who overcome barriers to care everyday.”, told Megan to Upworthy.

2

The Hyde Amendment has the biggest effect on low-income families, Megan explained, many of whom use Medicaid health insurance. If someone on Medicaid becomes pregnant and decides to terminate the pregnancy, for example, they won’t have insurance coverage for the procedure because of the Hyde Amendment.

3

“For each barrier that politicians put in place, there are hundreds of people fighting past them,” Megan said. “I wanted to have that conversation and to honor those experiences.”

4

Megan’s art isn’t just about abortion access though. And there’s a reason for that. Her art also tackles issues like mental illness, sexuality, and immigration and how they affect our reproductive lives.

5

“We can’t talk about abortion access without talking about poverty, or violence, or food security, or who is deemed by society ‘fit’ and ‘unfit’ parents. When someone makes a decision to have an abortion, there are so many other factors in their lives, factors that are influenced by structural forces, that come into play.”

6

Megan’s art is shareable for a reason. She posts it for free on Facebook to help create new conversations about reproductive justice, and she even encourages people to make their own art for the Repeal Hyde Art Project.

8

“I create each image and message to mirror a person back to themselves, to let them know that they are beautiful, worthy, and seen.”

9
10
11
12
13
h/t: upworthy

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below


If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Cursed Cute: The Superb Digital Concept Artworks Of Izzy Medrano
"Our Street": Artist Beautifully Illustrates Everyday Life In Small Russian Town
Father's Game Guides Are Amazing
"The Closer You Are...": Superb Emotional and Cyberpunk Illustrations by Death & Milk
"Strength": Street Artist Painted 3 Murals On A Local Hospital As A Tribute To Spain's Health Workers
The World’s Greatest Gallery of Seductive Radishes
"The Endless Beyond": Superb Fantasy And Creative Inspirations By Adrian Chesterman
Netflix Is Making Stranger Things Versions Of Classic ’80s Movie Posters, And They’re Amazing
Go Outside Magazine - Jailhouses
Ukrainian Banksy - Street Art By Sharik
Sony: Underwater Selfies
This Is What Disney Princesses Look Like In Their Old Age
Darth Vader Leads Funeral For Badass Grandmother
"Ode To The Sun": The Superb Illustrations of Domagoj Šokčević
Unknown Artist Creates Amazing Studio Ghibli Anime Character Moss Murals In Countryside
Hong Kong Students Create Amazing Chalk Drawings On Classroom Blackboard
Florey’s Unforgettable Alternative Movie Posters
Banksy Works From Home: Street-Artist Keeps His Art Alive From His Bathroom
"Butcher Billy's Tales Of The Unexpected Black Mirrors": The Episodes Of Season 4 Turned Into Vintage Comics
Tom Selleck Photoshopped Into Waterfall Scenes With a Sandwich
Street Art By Mehdi Ghadyanloo
The Mysterious And Misty Eerieness Of Japanese Horror Illustrator Mozza
Colorful Concept Artworks By Kaloyan Stoyanov
Amazing Works Of Joshua Hibbert
This Artist Reimagines Old Myths & Legends In His Unique, Dark Style
Evolution & Degeneration: Stunning Illustrations By The Young Korean Artist Abubu
"Children Of The Damned": The Superb Artworks Of Ástor Alexander In Classic Sci-Fi And Noir
When Your Daughter Has To Wear An Eye Patch Every Day, You Make The Most Of It
New McDonald's Dual Lane Drive-Thru Poster Campaign
25 Amazing 1970s Album Advertisements