Wednesday, March 3, 2010

4000 Years for Choice

Check out this sweet new campaign, 4000 years for choice, created by artist and activist Heather Alut.  The concept of the project is to send postcards (gorgeously designed) in response to women's health clinics being targeted by the anti-choice campaign "40 Days for life".  According to their website, "40 days for life" is "a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America."  In other words, they protest selected clinics throughout the country for forty days straight.  

Another mission of the 4000 Years for Choice project is to dispel the belief that abortion and contraceptive rights began in the 20th century with the women's liberation movement.  Alut presents an interesting and comprehensive historical timeline that shows women have worked to control their fertility since the beginning of time.  The timeline clearly reveals that women will find a way to maintain their bodily autonomy, even if they have to resort to dangerous and deadly methods.  And women will continue to do so, regardless of the restrictive laws and social stigma promoted by the short-sighted anti-choice movement.  

The supportive spirit of the 4000 Years of Choice Campaign is a great reminder that National Appreciation of Abortion Provider's Day is right around the corner on March 10th.  On a good day, abortion providers must tolerate harassment; on a bad day, they fear for their lives.  Whether  you use one of Alut's beautiful cards or make one of your own, be sure to thank you local provider for their dedication to ensure women's decisions regarding their health care needs are met with the support and dignity they deserve. 

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