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War on Women

By  Lauren McLaughlin 2019 - 2024

An ongoing series of bent metal coathangers produced in response to the erosion of reproductive healthcare for women and those with a uterus. 

Originally created in May 2019 in response to Alabama’s ban on abortions, the piece has since been recreated a number of times to reflect the erosion of women and those with a uterus’ rights to access safe abortions.  It is a shocking warning which signals the dire decisions many will be faced with following the overturning of Roe v Wade in the USA and the regression of abortion rights in Poland. According to the Centre for Reproductive Rights, 753 million women live in countries where abortions are restricted and 111 million live in 21 countries that prohibit abortion altogether.  

This artwork is a disturbing reminder that abortions can never be banned, only safe abortions. All women and those with a uterus should have safe provision to reproductive healthcare, and the right to make decisions about their own bodies. 

L M Lauren McLaughlin


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