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Not the church and not the state....free abortion on demand

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour screenprint

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.660-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR26

This provocative poster challenges the viewer to engage with the issue of reproductive rights. It makes references to debates within government and within the Women's Movement over the medical procedure of abortion. The contemporary slogan 'Free abortion on demand, a woman's right to choose' is here expressed to underline hostility towards political and religious interference on the issue of pregnancy termination.

Physical description

Blue and white photographic image of nuns, judges, politicians and a Catholic priest in the upper third. Purple and magenta pyramid of fifteen faces below, predominantly women.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1977 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Colour screenprint

Marks and inscriptions

NOT THE CHURCH AND NOT THE STATE/ A WOMANS RIGHT TO CHOOSE/ FREE ABORTION ON DEMAND

Dimensions

Height: 78.7 cm, Width: 53.3 cm

Descriptive line

"Not the church and not the state....free abortion on demand" Poster campaiging for women's right to abortion. UK, ca. 1977.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Politicians; Propaganda; Abortion; Clerics; Women; Politics; Gender issues; Reproduction

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Feminism; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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