University exhibit touts abortion as “Life-Sustaining Act”

 

By Dave Andrusko

UniversityexhibitabortionWell…. it’s not as though the University of Michigan’s Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design has us in mind when they put together the “4000 Years for Choice: A Graphic Guide to Reproductive Justice” exhibit.

But even so, wow!

Let’s amble over the Women’s Study page and learn about the exhibition which runs through May 29:

“Heather Ault is a visual artist, pro-choice activist, and independent scholar creating artwork to shift conversations about reproductive rights and justice. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country. In 2011 she won the Vision Award from the Abortion Care Network for her innovative work.”

So what will we see?

“An exhibition of posters about the age-old practices of abortion and contraception as a means to reclaim reproductive freedom as a deeply personal and life-sustaining act existing throughout all of human history. The ‘Reproductive Roots’ series shines a bright light on the many voices from the abortion care and reproductive justice movements using vividly designed social media graphics and notecards to inspire conversations from a breadth of perspectives.”

Hmm. Okay. If we click on the project website (4000yearsforchoice.com), we learn about some very old stuff (an ancient abortifacient comprised of “crocodile feces, mixed with fermented dough, and placed in the vagina”). and very new (a collection of Wendy Davis-inspired “Apparel: Tees, Hoodies, and Totes”).

What about the notecards? Here’s one. “I didn’t see it as killing a Baby—I was simply giving the life within me back to God to protect and hold onto until the right time.” And, presumably, if “Kristin” becomes pregnant again (at the wrong time), she’ll place some other hapless baby in a kind of New Age holding pen.

In the same vein, we read, “Abortion is a gift from God”; “I had an abortion last year and it was the best decision of my life” (“Isha”): and “We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children”—the [in]famous quote from Dr. Joyce Elders, who was President Bill Clinton’s Surgeon General for a year.

One reviewer (from “Journey of Young Women Facebook Community”) said this:

“4000 Years for Choice makes my heart sing. I am so grateful. It is an opportunity to look at the big picture, the historical picture, even the spiritual picture ~ all of which unambiguously show that women’s choice is inalienable and life–serving.”

Only in the morally anachronistic backwaters of the zealot’s mind could something as brutal, as vicious, and as painful as abortion “make my heart sing.”

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