Abortion Care x Women In Poverty

Part One: Infographic Poster
Restrictions on abortion care can make it difficult or impossible for women seeking abortion care to receive what they need. Subsequently, states with more restrictions on abortion care have higher numbers of women with children in poverty. This project serves to visually showcase these statistics in three parts.

This initial poster is the overview of all the accumulated data on the topic from my research. I cross compared the raw data on abortion restrictions by state, with the percentage of women with children living in poverty in each state. States are organized from highest rates of women living in poverty (top-left) to lowest rates of women living poverty (bottom-right). The colorful pattern bands, or “ribbons,” denote specific restrictions on abortions as listed in the Key. If a restriction has multiple forms, they are displayed as a shade of the master color in the Key. It is important to showcase the restrictions specifically rather than just by numbers as each type of restriction has effects on the quality of life of women in that state. The infographic as a whole reveals through the data that states with more restrictions on abortions have more women living in poverty. Smaller graphs include supporting information such as averages of women denied abortion care and government poverty assistance usage by women who carried a pregnancy to term because they were denied a wanted abortion.

Part Two: 3D Infographic Study

For this study, I translated the data from the infographic into a 3D form. Each restriction was translated into a 1 x 1 inch box with the corresponding pattern from the infographic Key on it. 346 individual boxes were made to represent abortion care restrictions. States are organized in three tiers: the bottom tier displays states with the most women living in poverty, and the top tier displays states with the fewest women living in poverty. Behind each state and its percentage of women with children living in poverty is the state’s restrictions. By viewing this model, the audience can visually see the disparity between states that have more restrictions and states with less restrictions on abortion care. States on the bottom tier (most poverty) have larger stacks of restriction boxes, versus the top tier (least poverty) which have fewer boxes.

Part Three: Conceptual Space Design

The final part of this project focused on a small subset of my overall data analysis: states with viability restrictions on abortion care. I took this data and translated it into a conceptual exhibition space.

The 3D model was created in Fusion 360. Each pillar represents a state. Pillars are color and height coded based on the severity of their viability restriction, ranging from the tallest (most severe) to the shortest (no restriction). This exhibition would take place in the courtyard of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is the institution that oversees the upholding of laws in the United States. Having this exhibition here would serve to draw attention to the magnitude of the problem that viability laws impose on women in poverty, and how these laws violate constitutional rights.

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