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These 7 images beautifully explain why reproductive justice affects all of us.

In 2011, an artist and activist named Megan Smith launched the Repeal Hyde Art Project.

“I had been working in abortion access and I wanted to try and find a way to create more dialogue around unaffordable and inaccessible abortion care, Megan told Upworthy. “In addition to that, as an artist, I was searching for related feminist images but couldn’t find any that mirrored the resistance and resilience of people who overcome barriers to care everyday.”

Megan’s images appear all over the Internet, for free. They’re used here with her permission.

The Hyde Amendment is a little-known law that bans the government from using federal funds to cover abortion. Passed in 1976, it’s a provision on the annual appropriations bill, not a permanent law. This means that every year, theres an opportunity to not include the Hyde Amendment. But every year, it gets passed again. Combining her art with some activism seemed to make sense.

The Hyde Amendment has the biggest effect on low-income families, Megan explained, many of whom use Medicaid health insurance.

If someone on Medicaid becomes pregnant and decides to terminate the pregnancy, for example, they wont have insurance coverage for the procedure because of the Hyde Amendment.

“For each barrier that politicians put in place, there are hundreds of people fighting past them, Megan said. “I wanted to have that conversation and to honor those experiences.

It includes paid family leave.

Reproductive justice is also about feeling safe from racial violence.

to help create new conversations about reproductive justice, and she even encourages people to make their own art for the Repeal Hyde Art Project.

To help spread the word about the project, she also created a bird template, symbolizing self-determination and resilience, so that the message to Repeal Hyde can be publicly visible all over the world.

Since its creation, Megan’s project has grown and spread, creating more awareness about the Hyde Amendments effects on low-income communities.

“I’ve continued to experiment with different ways to spur conversation around abortion access and interconnected issues using art as a tool, Megan said.

And while the Project will continue to evolve, Megan said that one thing remains at the heart of every image that she makes:

“I create each image and message to mirror a person back to themselves, to let them know that they are beautiful, worthy, and seen.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/these-7-images-beautifully-explain-why-reproductive-justice-affects-all-of-us1?c=tpstream

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