Neon art installation begins tour of US states where abortion rights are threatened

The month-long tour of Alicia Eggert’s neon text work ‘OURs’ was organised by Planned Parenthood to pressure lawmakers and raise awareness of efforts to restrict abortion rights

Annabel Keenan
4 February 2022

Planned Parenthood and artist Alicia Eggert have joined forces on a cross-country, roving installation to advocate for abortion rights. Titled OURs, the pink neon sign flashes between the phrases “OUR BODIES,” “OUR FUTURES,” and “OUR ABORTIONS”. The installation debuted in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on 22 January, the 49th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling that enshrined abortion rights in US law. The installation is continuing on its tour to several states over the next month.

Alexis McGill Johnson, president and chief
executive of Planned Parenthood, describes the installation as a “beacon of
light in the darkness of this moment”, referring to the increase in abortion
restrictions in several state, as well as the Supreme Court’s recent indication
that Roe vs. Wade could be overturned after having heard arguments in a case
involving Mississippi’s restrictions on abortion in December.