Artists stand up for reproductive rights
Earlier this week, we introduced Martha Rich’s Fury accompanied by a letter from our founder, Jen Bekman, in response to the recent onslaught of regressive SCOTUS decisions. 100% of proceeds from this bold, rage-fueled edition directly benefits the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Abortion is a human right. And as Jen said in that letter, the loss of that right is nothing less than seismic. We encourage everyone to do what they need to fully process the emotions that so many of us are feeling right now.
Art provides a conduit to expressing the ineffable sentiments that we experience in times like these, and we’ve been truly moved and inspired by the many ways individual artists and arts organizations have stepped up in support of reproductive rights. We’re proud to be contributing to the effort ourselves and want to share some of these other initiatives, all most worthy of your support and attention.
- Our beloved Debbie Millman published a brave account of the sexual abuse she endured as a child in the Philadelphia Inquirer, writing "I saw that the Supreme Court had voted on a new case that gave all women the right to have an abortion. My heart started pounding and I realized that if I did get pregnant, I now had choices."
- 20x200's very own Kate Bingaman-Burt is distributing pro-abortion posters for in-person pickup at her Riso print studio Outlet, in Portland, Oregon. An impressive collection of Protest Posters is also available for download on the Outlet site. Not local to PDX? You can get up to 5 free prints of artist Alithea Odell's Aid and Abet poster mailed to you.
- Profits from Jennifer Sanchez's F*ck series and Maria Kalman's limited edition Bed booklet also benefit the National Network for Abortion Funds.
- We Testify is telling inclusive, affecting abortion stories via comics. Comics for Choice is available for purchase or via a free download.
- SheDecides provides information for artists and arts organizations to ignite discussion and use their resources to support abortion rights.
- Ladyfingers Letterpress of Colorado Springs, CO has a wide array of reproductive rights goods, and they're also offering in-person screenprinting this Saturday with proceeds supporting the Colorado Doula Project.
- The Center for Cultural Power is amplifying the voices of abortion justice leaders and fundraising alongside powerful human rights organizations.
- houseguest gallery in Louisville, KY (a state where immediate adbortion bans have taken effect), is fundraising for out-of-state abortion aid through artist-designed bags and stickers.
- Artist Viva Ruiz’s ongoing performance project Thank God for Abortion promotes agency for reproductive rights.
- Many well-known artists are using their platforms to raise funds and awareness for abortion rights through NFTs.
Hyperallergic has a great round up of art projects supporting reproductive rights too, but the list is endless! We encourage you to continue to engage, share, support, and fight together for these basic human rights, whether through the arts or otherwise.