Knitting for Reproductive Rights
Members of Womanspace, a women’s advocacy organization in Lethbridge, Alberta, is calling on volunteers to knit or crochet replicas of women’s reproductive organs to send a message to members of Parliament in protest of Motion 312.
Motion 312, introduced by Tory MP Stephen Woodworth, would call for a committee to review whether a fetus should be considered a human being. Women’s groups are concerned that this would lead to further attacks on reproductive rights.
“People do different colours, but pink has been the dominant colour for the obvious reasons. But it’s also a little bit funny to be sending a pink uterus to a male member of Parliament who wouldn’t feel comfortable holding one,” said Womanspace spokeswoman Jenn Prosser.
Womanspace, which has held two separate knitting events this month, was motivated by Womb Swarm Parliament – Textile Artists United Against Motion M-312, which is a national movement on Facebook.
Knitted and crocheted items will be sent to Parliament at the end of the month. Motion 312 will be voted on September 26, during the fall session.
“Our group is going to send a few of our creations to our own MP [Tory Jim Hillyer] because he has stated … he would support any challenge to the current access to reproductive rights that women have in Canada,” she said.
Ms. Prosser said there has been no negative reaction on Facebook, in e-mails or in messages to the office about what the group is doing
“I think there’s a great number of people … who believe very strongly in reproductive rights and the right of a woman to have control over her own body. But I think a lot of people maybe wouldn’t feel comfortable holding a placard outside of someone’s office.
“This is a way that they can participate that’s meaningful, but still on their own terms, without necessarily having to go out and put their face in front of someone else’s face in more of an aggressive manner.”