REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ARE GLOBAL
Photography by Natasha Mia Turner
As the women of America protest for Planned Parenthood funding and reproductive health coverage and allowance in a new healthcare plan, women all around the globe are battling the patriarchal stronghold on reproductive rights. For 2017 International Women's Day, art and design student, Natasha Mia Turner, set out in Manchester, UK to capture one of these protests on 35mm film that will hopefully help draw momentum towards the 'Repeal the 8th' movement. This movement is in response to the 8th Amendment added to Ireland's constitution in 1983 (the year I was born) that criminalized women who had abortions (unless mother's life was at harm)...and house them behind bars for up to 14 years (women faced life imprisonment up to 2013).
In these photos, we find the many faces of protest. Mothers, fathers, daughters and sons of all ages gathered to let their voices be heard and it is important to remember that this is a global fight of women everywhere and not just in our city or our state or even our country. As a leading nation, we must stand up and be heard and demand our reproductive rights, so that other countries can follow precedent. We must fight GLOBALLY!
Thank you, Natasha, for capturing this important event and allowing your art to bring the discussion of reproductive rights to everyone.
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