From a San Francisco artist
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Saturday, April 23, 2022
This card is from Sweden.
"The current legislation is the Abortion Act of 1974 (SFS 1974:595). This states that up until the end of the eighteenth week of the pregnancy, the choice of an abortion is entirely up to the woman, for any reason whatsoever. After the 18th, a woman needs a permission from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to have an abortion.
Consensus in Sweden is in favour of preventing unwanted pregnancies by the use of birth control and the primary goal is not to lower the amount of abortions, but rather the goal is that all children that are born should be wanted."
This card is from China. She used Google Translate to convey her perspectives on abortion.
According to Wikipedia:
Abortion in China is legal only in medically necessary cases. In the past virtually universal access to contraception, abortion was a common way for China to contain its population in accordance with its now-defunct one-child policy, which was removed in 2015 in favor of a two-child policy, which in turn was replaced in 2021 by a three-child policy. China has prohibited abortion in non-medically necessary cases, making it mandatory for a woman to present medical reasons for abortion.
A postcard from Moscow, Russia. Although US is not delivering mail to Russia right now, they are delivering to us!
"Abortion in Russia is legal as an elective procedure up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and in special circumstances at later stages."
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
I am organizing a postcard exhibit with the theme, I Do Believe, on opinions about abortion. The woman’s right to abortion in the United States became Federal law on January 22, 1973 through the Supreme Court Case, Roe v. Wade. Individual states could no longer have their own laws that would contradict the provisions of this Supreme Court decision. But the passage of Roe v. Wade did not put the issue of abortion rights to rest. Recent cases under review in the Supreme Court may change or overturn abortion rights in many States. There are widespread disagreements among United States politicians, media, and citizens about abortion. I would like to receive your personal point of view about this complex and difficult topic.
To participate, please write on the front of your card (the side with the picture) your belief on either right to life (against legalized abortion) or right to choose (legalized abortion). It can be a few words, one sentence, or a paragraph. You do not have to be an artist to participate. It can be in English or any country's language.
The card should be the standard postcard size of 6 x 4 inches (148 x 105 mm in Europe). You can use any commercial postcard or you can create your own. You can mail your postcard with or without an envelope. For all postcards received, I will black out the name of the sender to safeguard anonymity.
The purpose of this exhibition is to share beliefs, opinions and experiences on all sides of this issue. Postcard comments will be documented in this mail art blog. From August 29 - September 26, 2022, the postcards will be exhibited together, without prejudice or judgement, at the Vargas Gallery, Mission College in Santa Clara. Postcards will not be returned.
The deadline is June 30, 2022. Mail your postcard to : I Do Believe, c/o P. Otani, PO Box 31083, San Francisco, CA 94131.
I hope that you will share your thoughtful, heart-felt beliefs, whatever they may be, on this complex and important subject. Please share this call for postcards with your friends and organizations.
This card, quoting Bell Hooks, was received from Germany.
"Abortion in Germany is forbidden by law but without punishment in the first trimester under the condition of mandatory counseling and is permitted later in pregnancy in cases that the pregnancy poses an important danger to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman."
From a writer in Saint-Yorre, France. These are the Auvergne volcanoes, which he can see from his window.
" Abortion in France is legal on demand during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Abortions at later stages of pregnancy are allowed if two physicians certify that the abortion will be done to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman; a risk to the life of the pregnant woman; or that the child will suffer from a particularly severe illness recognized as incurable. The abortion law was liberalized by the Veil Law in 1975.
This postcard is from Great Britain.
"Abortion is available legally throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
In Northern Ireland abortion does not constitute a criminal offence after sections of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 were repealed in October 2019. The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 commenced on 31 March 2020, authorising abortions to be carried out by a ‘registered medical professional’."
Monday, April 11, 2022
Monday, April 4, 2022
This postcard was sent by a male correspondent from Germany. He writes, "In Germany we have a relatively liberal and moderate regulation."
"In Germany, abortion is prohibited by §218 of the criminal code. However, it is possible to access abortion without prosecution under the following conditions:
- If the abortion is performed within the first trimester (12 weeks) of the pregnancy and the pregnant individual has undergone a process of mandatory counseling beforehand. A three-day waiting period between the counseling and the intervention is also required.
- If the pregnancy is the result of a sexual assault or if the physical and/or mental health of the pregnant individual is at risk.
Furthermore, §219a states, that institutions and individuals who are performing abortions, are prohibited from providing necessary information on abortion to anyone. It is possible for doctors to state that they do provide abortions, but not how and under which conditions."