This past September, the state of Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban currently in effect in the United States. The law, Senate Bill 8, prohibits abortions as early as six weeks into the pregnancy—a time period in which most women are unware they are even pregnant. The state’s sweeping legislation also makes no exceptions for people who are victims of rape or incest. The bill is part of a national agenda to end access to abortion across the U.S., including the landmark case Roe v. Wade, which the Supreme Court could possibly overturn—triggering bans in 26 states to go into effect within months.
In response to these extreme developments, Planned Parenthood has launched “Choice Works
,” an emergency benefit auction, now live on Artsy, with a corresponding event to take place during Art Basel in Miami Beach on December 2nd. The auction, which closes December 7th, features artworks donated directly by leading contemporary artists—like
—with proceeds going towards helping patients affected by the ban obtain an out-of-state abortion.
Here, we offer insights on 10 of the standout lots that artists have donated to support Planned Parenthood’s urgent initiatives.