One wishes that in a country like America abortion wouldn’t have become so politicized. Such is the legacy of the Christian Right’s viral-like takeover of the GOP—that it displaced the rational spectrum of the party typified by Barry Goldwater conservatives.
Personal liberty is just a rhetorical device, or clever propagandistic phrase, from a (I will say it) religious party that simply cannot accept the notion that the Christian faith (of ancient, outdated notions) no longer dominates lives. No woman or man, for that matter—no sane ones, at any rate—imagines themselves one day having an abortion. But, when one suggests the state should ban abortions because one has heard the whisperings of a cosmic overlord (delusion, anyone?), or more realistically endured the social conditioning of the beliefs of friends, family and neighbors, then a usurpation of personal liberty is underway. Not to mention the fact that a religious belief is being imposed upon an individual without consent.
That is why the above piece of street art is so effective: It cuts the issue right down to its undeniable essence. Beware, though, uttering “Pro-choice because your beliefs don’t belong in my body” to a pro-life religious nut will likely cause a meltdown because logic will have virally corrupted the system, and they will try to exercise the demon, so to speak.
Check out the Michael Bloomberg “Let Them Eat Cake” poster from the last edition of “Street Art Dispatches.”