Abortion is Normal: the emergency exhibition about reproductive rights
In an ambitious, multi-disciplinary exhibition, a range of artists from Cindy Sherman to Nan Goldin, are aiming to dismantle stigma and raise funds
Mon 13 Jan 2020
A week into 2020, and the US political discourse on reproductive rights is already at a crossroads. On 6 January, 39 Republican senators signed an amicus brief urging the supreme court to reconsider Roe v Wade, the 1973 supreme court case that secured the legal right to an abortion. This comes on the heels of a year in which Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, signed into law the Human Life Protection Act, stating that doctors who perform abortions can be sentenced to life in prison. On 15 May, the day the law was signed, Jasmine Wahi, co-founder and director of Newark-based arts not-for-profit Project for Empty Space, texted artist, activist and fellow SVA MFA instructor Marilyn Minter. “We have to do something,” she wrote. Within minutes, Minter responded that she was game.
Banning abortion does not make abortion go away
June 30, 2018
Banning abortion does not make abortion go away. Women who have the means to travel, or the desperation to go underground, have always found a way, and their organizing power ultimately made abortion a constitutional right in the United States. Today, women should keep that history in mind as they prepare for the next chapter in this fight.
This week, US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire. Kennedy has long been the Court’s swing vote on issues like abortion. If president Donald Trump is able to appoint an anti-choice judge (which he has vowed to do), the cases that established abortion rights, such as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey will face immense challenges, and could potentially be overturned as soon as next year. It’s a terrifying and overwhelming prospect.
Frank Sinatra’s mother provided illegal abortions for Catholic Italian women
Feb 9, 2017
It was December 12, 1915, when in an upstairs tenement in Hoboken, New Jersey, 19 years old Dolly Sinatra gave birth to a boy. It was not an easy or short delivery, and the baby almost died during the birth. The baby had to be removed via forceps that ripped his cheek, neck and especially his ear.
The doctor thought that the boy would not survive, but he was wrong, and he miraculously did survive. The scars remained for the rest of his life, but that didn’t stop this boy from becoming one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. That boy was Frank Sinatra.
Continued at source: Vintage News: https://m.thevintagenews.com/2017/02/09/frank-sinatras-mother-provided-illegal-abortions-for-catholic-italian-women/