Abortion, its unacknowledged value to society and its thousands-year-old history is the theme of an art exhibit now drawing public attention on display at the University of Michigan.
Heather Ault, a graphics artist from Urbana, Illinois, debuted "4000 Years of Abortion" in 2009, and its visual praise for abortion rights continues to delight pro-abortion activists and horrify pro-lifers.
"Abortion providers are heroes," one sign in the display says. Another says, "Abortions are a gift from God," and another says "Women should have the right to make their choices without people praying over their souls." Illustrations are framed by clothes hangers.
Ault debuted her exhibit in 2009 at the University of Illinois, and since then has traveled nationwide with her work, lecturing on reducing the stigma associated with abortion and encouraging abortion rights activism.
"'4000 Years for Choice' is our story; a story of women’s reproductive empowerment, wisdom, and self-care that dates back a millennium," Ault writes. "I believe all people need to know this information, regardless of their position; whether they identify as pro-choice, pro-life, or somewhere in the middle.
"Without knowledge of this history, we as Americans cannot fully understand women’s deeply ingrained desire to control pregnancies for the good of ourselves, our relationships, and our families. Without this knowledge, we are in the dark."
A timeline of abortion's history begins 4000 years ago, and reviews historical methods of preventing conception while extolling those who've committed abortions throughout human history. Ault portrays abortion and abortion activists as positive and to be emulated.
She says she's prepared the graphics to be used on social media websites where they can be shared with others. She says she invites responses from pro-life activists.
"As a matter of respect, I do not delete anti-choice comments as I feel they add to the richness of the conversation, sharpen our critical thinking skills, and raise our compassion for each other," Ault writes.
The project nor the artist's funding source is not revealed on her heatherault.org or 4000yearsofchoice.com websites.