Camila Cavalcante is a UK-based Brazilian activist and photographer who has dedicated her career to documenting the lives of women who have been impacted by restrictive abortion laws. Camila’s recent project, Nós Por Todas, (Portuguese for Us For All), explores the idea of the female body as a confrontational space and challenges the stereotypical narrative of women who receive abortions. By photographing the bodies of women who have had illegal abortions and sharing their experiences, Nós Por Todas works to bring urgency to the debate around women’s reproductive rights in Brazil.
Every Monday feels like a new start and on this Monday, as I write this, I feel a sense of hope that I’ve not felt for some time. It’s the Monday after a referendum that will change the healthcare provision for people who can become pregnant in Ireland. On the 25th May 2018, the Republic of Ireland voted to repeal the 8th Amendment, a constitutional ban on abortions and ruling that meant the absence of safe and respectful reproductive healthcare.
Flying into Dublin this weekend, I didn’t feel much of this jubilant hope I feel today. Yet as those of us wearing ‘Repeal’ sweaters and ‘tá’ badges converged on customs, I allowed myself to start believing this change for the better would happen. Going back has always been a mixed bag of emotions for me. Anti-abortionist propaganda placed at child’s eye level was often the first thing I noticed as I walked through streets and the demonstrations and marches fairly standard. Abortion laws was a topic best avoided in most company.
I almost decided against writing this article from fear that it would be too inflammatory and alienate people. Then I checked myself and remembered that this is the point of the Boshemia blogspace – to not censor our opinions to a polite, grey area or to stroll on by and say nothing when something doesn’t sit right, but to speak out and claim our space.
So here’s the thing. We all want to lead our best lives and make the best decisions for ourselves. Unless you’re some hate-filled monster, you generally want other people to live their best lives and make their best decisions for themselves too. Right? With this in mind it truly, utterly, 100% baffles me that the Pro-Life movement even exists at all. To me, it seems entirely self-defeating.