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Art, politics and reproductive rights — coming to a gallery in Colorado Springs

Author: Dan Njegomir - August 4, 2017 - Updated: August 4, 2017

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Defenders of abortion rights and access to contraception say they are under siege in the era of Donald Trump and Republican rule, and for months, they have taken to the streets, the airwaves and the worldwide web to fight back.

Now, they are going to lodge their protests in a different kind of forum: an art gallery. And the Colorado Times Recorder informs us that a stalwart of reproductive rights, Planned Parenthood, has stepped into the role of curator:

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is seeking submissions of visual art on the topic of bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom in this current political climate for a gallery exhibition in Colorado Springs for the month of September.

The art on display also will be available for sale, with half the proceeds going to the nonprofit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. A spokesman for the organization told the Times Recorder:

Our mission is to both build the communities we reside in and to give people the tools to empower and sustain their worlds. We think giving folks the platform to tell their stories through art can do just that.  We will be looking at all of the submissions through the lens of reproductive rights and bringing to life genuine connections to the feminist movement.

Colorado Springs also was the site of a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015. Three died and nine were injured.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.


2 comments

  • Scott Weiser

    August 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    If it’s “her” birth control and “her” decision, why do the rest of us have to pay for it?

    Nobody has a “right” to force someone else to pay for either their birth control or their abortion.

  • HGA

    August 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I love these comments from men. You don’t want to pay for birth control or an abortion so are you going to pay for the cost to raise a child?
    Everyone has a right to enjoy their sexuality — including women — without fear of getting pregnant. Women have to pay for men’s heart attacks and their Viagra so you can enjoy a life filled with joy and hopefully a great sex life as long as you live.
    Start thinking about the benefits of women using birth control and not the cost. Also some women have to be on birth control not to prevent pregnancy, but to control other health issues. Get educated and learn that birth control is a lot less expensive than taking care of unwanted children. Every child coming into this world should be wanted, loved and supported.

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