Walking through the barrio universitario in Santiago this week, I spotted dozens of new, colorful posters alongside the older, worn student protest banners. Protest art is far from uncommon in the neighborhood surrounding the University of Chile—students have spent most of the past two months on strike protesting for educational reform, and have decorated their neighborhoods appropriately. Yet, in the predominantly Catholic country, one thing certainly is uncommon: pro-choice art.
But, that’s exactly what I found outside the University of Chile: absolutely beautiful, and incredibly powerful, pro-choice artwork by the Brigada de Propaganda Feminista (Feminist Propaganda Brigade), sporting the hashtags #MisoPaTodas and #InfinitasCausales. Arguing that all women should have access to abortion medications (like Misoprostol) and that there are infinite reasons why a woman might choose an abortion, these posters are part of a larger feminist movement growing across the country. The #MisoPaTodas campaign began this past May when nineteen feminist groups joined together on the International Day of Action for Women’s Health to raise awareness about safe forms of abortion. The campaign continued this past week on July 25 when the Feminist Propaganda Brigade took to the streets with these posters to demand “un aborto libre, seguro y gratuito [legal, safe, and free abortions].”
Here’s a look at eight of the most moving, and visually stunning, pro-choice posters I spotted as the campaign continues this week.