Can We Redesign the Way We Talk About Abortion? Meet the Women Behind 5 Very Powerful Design-led Projects

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Can We Redesign the Way We Talk About Abortion? Meet the Women Behind 5 Very Powerful Design-led Projects

“There’s an intellectual resistance to beauty and good design sometimes—a notion that if something is flashy, there is a lack of seriousness behind it. I object to that.”
Words by Madeleine Morley

Published on June 12th, 2017

What does real freedom to choose look like, even (or especially) in the states and countries where legislation is decidedly pro-choice? And how can graphic design help communicate a more accurate narrative? As the anti-choice movement gains traction, the positive effects that abortion has on millions of lives can get lost, so we spoke with the people behind five projects and platforms where graphic design and visual communication is contributing to the portrayal of abortion as a normal medical procedure and basic human right.

Continued at source: Eye on Design: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/re-designing-the-narratives-of-abortion-how-designers-are-contributing-to-the-pro-choice-effort/

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U.S.: Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality

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Witness The Trauma Of Abortion Clinic Harassment In Virtual Reality
The Planned Parenthood project shows just how difficult accessing abortion can be.

By Jenavieve Hatch
May 24, 2017

As abortion access continues to come under threat in Congress, women who are trying to access the procedure are regularly confronted with anti-abortion harassment and vitriol outside of clinics nationwide. Planned Parenthood’s new virtual reality video, “Across the Line,” aims to show just how intense that experience can be.

The 8-minute video opens with a patient meeting her doctor, and recovering from the harassment she was victim to on the sidewalk.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/witness-the-trauma-of-abortion-clinic-harassment-in-virtual-reality_us_59258870e4b0650cc020a068

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Ireland: “Fianna Fáil TD told us he arranged an abortion for his niece, but he was against abortion”

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'FF TD told us he arranged an abortion for his niece, but he was against abortion'
Face the 50: The X-ile Project's online gallery of women who shared experiences of abortion has grown to 50 photos

May 12, 2017
Rosita Boland

On December 10th, 2015, 11 portraits of women were posted online to a new website. Nothing unusual or remarkable about that entirely routine event. Countless new websites appear every day around the world. But this one went on to be reported by news organisations in the US, Australia, Britain, Poland, Italy, India, Belgium, Germany and France. It was picked up by outlets as diverse as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The Pool, Mashable, Le Figaro and The Telegraph.

These photographs were of women who, while living in Ireland, had all shared the same experience; of having had an abortion. The gallery of their portraits was the first to go online in the X-ile Project. There were more than 10,000 hits in the first few hours when it went online originally. On May 12th, the photographs of 17 new participants in the project will be added to the ever-growing gallery, bringing the number to 50.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/ff-td-told-us-he-arranged-an-abortion-for-his-niece-but-he-was-against-abortion-1.3077115

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Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

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Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

Written by Izabela Radwanska Zhang
Published on 4 May 2017

Every year, some 47,000 women die from backstreet abortions because of a lack of legal or free access: in her project, Abril shows the after-effects of this experience. This article was first published in the May issue of BJP

Laia Abril is no stranger to themes of distress. Bulimia, coping with the death of a child, the asexual community, virtual sex-performer couples – these are all topics that the Barcelona-based photographer has explored and attempted to demystify with her multi-layered, story-based practice. The subjects she tackles are complex and provocative, but ones she is able to connect with by way of female empathy, “where I can be involved emotionally”, she says.

Continued at source: http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/05/project-on-abortion-by-laia-abril/

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‘Kiss me, Frank, I’m going’: A century ago, abortion was on trial in Canada’s capital

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'Kiss me, Frank, I'm going': A century ago, abortion was on trial in Canada's capital

Megan Gillis, Postmedia
Published on: April 29, 2017

On any given day outside Ottawa’s best-known abortion clinic, protesters carry placards bearing pictures of bloody and dismembered fetuses. But in the Ottawa of 100 years ago, abortion was killing and maiming women. It was a desperate gamble that many were nonetheless willing to take, Megan Gillis writes.

Pregnant and single, the 24-year-old waitress at a Sparks Street lunch counter said she’d drown herself in the Rideau Canal if Annie Balcomb didn’t agree to help her.

Emily Cornick got her abortion but died anyway, weeping to her sister as she succumbed to peritonitis, “I’m going to die. I am sorry I came here. Oh, what will Mother say?”

Continued at source: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/kiss-me-frank-im-going-a-century-ago-abortion-was-on-trial-here-in-ottawa

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Video with Nisha Varia – Abortion as a human right

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Video with Nisha Varia - Abortion as a human right

Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network
Published on Apr 12, 2017

We have Nisha Varia, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch's women's rights division, as our guest. We discuss the Global Gag Rule and how it will affect the lives of women worldwide. We also talk about abortion as a human right.

Source, video (14:40 mins) Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oax7HDG98nY&feature=youtu.be

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South Africa: #SizaMap: Where to get a safe, legal abortion in SA

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#SizaMap: Where to get a safe, legal abortion in SA
15 Mar 2017
Ina Skosana, Joan van Dyk

No national database of legal abortion providers in South Africa existed – so Bhekisisa made one.

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 20 years, yet the black market for backstreet abortions still flourishes.

A recent briefing report by human rights organisation Amnesty International found that less than 7% of the country’s 3 880 health facilities offered termination of pregnancy services.

As part of a February story on abortion, Bhekisisa asked the national health department for a database of public health facilities that offered these services and was told that no such list existed. Instead, it was told that databases of abortion providers were kept at district health offices.

Continued at source: Bhekisisa: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-03-15-where-to-get-a-safe-legal-abortion-in-south-africa-searchable-map-database-1

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Northern Ireland: Alliance for Choice video on police crackdown on abortion pills

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Alliance for Choice, March 12, 2017

ALL political parties in Northern Ireland expressed will to decriminalise women seeking abortion in the recent election period and yet the PSNI and PPS continue to pursue and prosecute people seeking abortion or people helping others to seek abortion. This has been reinforced by raids by the PSNI which have taken place over the past week, which this latest video addresses.

If you are outraged by this situation, share far and wide and contact your newly elected MLAs and your constituency MP to demand support for the vote on the Westminster bill on Monday 13th March to #trustwomen.

Video: https://m.facebook.com/video_redirect/?src=https%3A%2F%2Fvideo-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fv%2Ft42.1790-2%2F17209742_1021714484628699_349743022319075328_n.mp4%3Fefg%3DeyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9%26oh%3D766384fb5e0d049d0336de85777f5c5c%26oe%3D58C5A6F5&source=misc&id=1007721389361986&nowarning=0&refid=52&__tn__=F

Source: Alliance for Choice: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1007721389361986&id=683223451811783&_rdr

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Why Irish People NEED to Strike 4 Repeal

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Why Irish People NEED to Strike 4 Repeal

Published on Mar 2, 2017

Ireland is currently the only country in the democratic world with a constitutional ban on abortion. Repeal The 8th is the fight for free, safe and legal access to abortion for all pregnant people in Ireland.

Strike 4 Repeal will take place nationwide on International Women’s Day, NEXT WEDNESDAY, March 8th, to demand a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. Many solidarity strikes and other actions for this and women’s rights causes will happen on this day as women of the world unite for equality.

In Ireland, we will Strike4Repeal.

This solidarity video shows the facts on why it’s VITAL we strike. WE WON'T WAIT.

To find out how you can participate in this movement and stand up for women’s rights around the world visit:

Abortion Rights Campaign: http://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie
Strike 4 Repeal: http://strike4repeal.org
Repeal Global: https://www.facebook.com/repeal8global/

Song: I Can't Keep Quiet. By MILCK & The GW Sirens (Recorded live at the Women's March on Washington)

Source: Abortion Rights Campaign / YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvXjhpzqDco

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Contraception Atlas for Europe

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Contraception Atlas

Download the full report: map_cci-v5.pdf (pdf 3,2 mb)
What is the Atlas?

The Contraception Atlas is a map that scores 45 countries throughout geographical Europe on access to modern contraception.

The rankings -- which are based on access to contraceptive supplies, family planning counseling and online information -- reveal a very uneven picture across Europe.

The European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF) has produced the Atlas in partnership with Third-i, while experts in sexual and reproductive health and rights designed the methodology.

“Access to contraception should be a key concern of governments in empowering citizens to plan their families and lives. Yet every country we analysed should be doing more to improve access. Our findings show that for many European countries, ensuring that people have choice over their reproductive lives is not a priority.” commented Neil Datta, EPF Secretary.

Continued at source: European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development: http://www.contraceptioninfo.eu/node/7

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