The Sacrifice, 2019
Clay + Acrylic on Drywall (24”x24”)
The sacrifice made to choose to have an abortion, or the sacrifice made to choose not to, either way, the choice should be ours to make. Women have always sacrificed, or have been sacrificed, to help validate men’s quest for power and control. And now we will be denied the right to choose for ourselves (in 5 states and counting), and punished cruelly, along with the physician who performs the abortion.
How did we get here, in this upside-down world where a woman’s body is not her under her own jurisdiction? The newly passed legislation like the Heartbeat Bill and the Human Life Protection Act are not about saving lives. They are about control, specifically, men controlling women and their bodies. How do crotchety old men have the authority to know what is right for a woman’s body? These laws originate from a place of ignorance, fear, and an archaic sense of ownership over women and our bodies. They challenge the constitutionality of abortion at the federal level and directly attack Roe v. Wade. And if you think this doesn’t affect you, it does, and it will. Get informed. Get involved. Volunteer your time to local coalitions, donate if you can. It all matters. Thank you @ann.lew.is (writer, artist, activist) whose thoughtful commentary inspired parts of this caption.