Get Your Laws Off My Body
Get Your Laws Off My Body
A brief history of birth control and the related legislation in the United States:
In 1821, Connecticut passed the first United States law restricting abortion. In 1873 the Comstock Act passed in the U.S. making it illegal to advertise, give information about or distribute birth control. In 1916 Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. and was promptly arrested as a public nuisance. During the Great Depression, the number of abortions rose significantly as women found it financially impossible to raise children and birth control was difficult to obtain. A 1931 study found that 14% of maternal deaths were caused by unsafe abortions. In 1938 the U.S. government lifted the birth control ban and a dramatic decrease in abortion resulted. In 1972 the United States Supreme Court legalized birth control pills for all women, regardless of marital status. "The pill" had previously been available only to married couples in over half the states since it's invention twelve years earlier. In 1973 the United States Supreme Court decided on Roe vs. Wade, with 7-2 in favor of affirming a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion under the 14th amendment.
Since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention started keeping track of abortions in the U.S. in 1969, over 54 million legal abortions have been obtained by women exercising their right to choose. From an all time high of 1,429,247 in 1990, we've seen a steady decline in the rate of abortion as family planning services and birth control have been made more easily obtainable. In 2013, (the latest year reported), only 664,435 abortions were performed, which is the lowest number since Roe vs. Wade was enacted.
What has been demonstrated by millions of women over the last century, is that choice and opportunity are essential. Whatever you decide is right for your body is your right. This striped rug contains a row for each of the millions of women who has made that decision for herself. I chose to weave this piece in shades of grey because no matter how ubiquitous birth control is, no matter how many woman choose to have an abortion, it is still something we do in the shadows. 10% of the proceeds for this rug will go to Planned Parenthood who continue to make birth control accessible to everyone, wherever they are allowed to.
This weaving is part of my collection, Warp of Dissent, which was woven in response to the egregious actions taken by our current government.
Get Your Laws Off My Body was hand woven in Portland, OR on my Rio Grande walking loom from 100% wool yarn on a wool warp. It measures 29.5 x 50 inches or ~58 in. with fringe.
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