Thursday, April 17, 2008

Student has abortions for the sake of art  

I would be interested to hear what all of you think about this.

For an art project, a female Yale student had multiple abortions. According to the Yale Daily News, this project is "a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself 'as often as possible' while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process."

Aliza Schvarts, the artist, said the point of her project is "to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body." Yale students are utterly shocked by Schvarts's subject matter.

Personally, I don't see this as a good thing at all. I fully support art and creativity, but I don't believe in aborting fetuses for artistic purposes. I think there were many other ways that Schvarts could have done this project to get across a similar message that wouldn't have involved partaking in miscarriages. Moreover, I think this creates a negative image around pro-choicers and is giving anti-choicers more ammunition in their war against reproductive freedom. Aliza succeeded in getting people's attention, but went to unjustifiable lengths to achieve it.

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3 comments: to “ Student has abortions for the sake of art

  • April 17, 2008 at 10:02 PM  

    Apparently she didn't really have those abortions; she just staged them. Phew!

  • April 18, 2008 at 9:19 AM  

    Oh wow. That's much better!

  • April 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM  

    I think that is taking the idea of art too far. I am all for people being able to do what they want to themselves but this is a bit gross.