“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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.