Forced Birth Extremism Kills

This project is a response to the extreme prohibitions on abortion care in Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and more.

100% of profits (about $10 per shirt, slightly less for larger sizes) will be contributed to the Yellowhammer Fund, an organization that makes abortion care accessible for the most vulnerable women in Alabama.

Each tee shirt is named for a prominent woman from Alabama’s history.

Scroll down to learn more about the shirts or click the button to shop now.

Raised so far

Julia

Named for Alabama-born educator, prison reformer, and writer Julia S. Tutwiler, this red tee shirt features a Latina woman wearing a polka dot head wrap on a pink background.

Emrys

Named for Emrys, an Alabama abortion access and trans rights activist affiliated with the Yellowhammer fund.

Angela

Named for Alabama-born activist, author, and all around badass Angela Davis, this yellow tee shirt features a Black woman wearing a red polka dot head wrap.

Melodi

Named for Melodi, an Alabama abortion access and trans rights activist affiliated with the Yellowhammer fund.

Ellen

Named for Alabama-born astronomer Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit this purple tee shirt features a white woman on a pink background wearing a black polka dot dress.

Candace

Named for Candace, an Alabama abortion access and trans rights activist affiliated with the Yellowhammer fund.

Harper

Named for Alabama-born author Harper Lee, this dark blue tee shirt features a white woman seated on a pink sofa against a yellow background.

Yolande

Named for Alabama-born feminist, civil rights, and anti-nuclear activist Yolande Betbeze, this blue tee shirt features a white woman wearing sunglasses and a pink blouse on a light blue background.

FAQ

What is Forced Birth Extremism?

Nearly 80% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal; but across the country, politicians who are radically out of step with that vast majority are passing laws that effectively ban all abortions. Many of these laws mandate procedures that are medically impossible, such as transplanting ectopic pregnancies from the Fallopian tube to the uterus. The views that lead to these kinds of unpopular, scientifically uninformed laws can only be described as extreme

Were these politicians truly concerned for the welfare of the unborn, they would be pursuing legislation to ensure that every child gets fed, sheltered, and educated. Instead, their support for children ends at birth. Therefore, the obvious goal of these laws is to force women to give birth under all circumstances, regardless of our desire to do so.

Hence, “forced birth extremism.”

You do know that forced birth extremism kills trans people too, right?

Yes. Forced birth extremism is deadly for anyone who has the capacity to become pregnant, be they a cis woman, a trans guy, or someone who does not conform to the gender binary.

Because the original clip art I used (and licensed, and paid for) for these tee shirts did not include trans faces, I was not able to make images that reflected the breadth of human beings this kind of cruel legislation impacts.

I am currently working with a trans artist on creating images that will make this project as inclusive as it should be.

Who drew the artwork?

I’m not exactly what you’d call a visual artist, but I know my way around Over, an iOS app that offers pre-cleared clip art and layouts.

The women featured in these drawings were created by Ilenia’s Design. I chose these images because these were women in poses associated with traditional femininity. It seems like the only time the world sees women as human is when we’re dressed up real pretty, so I thought maybe this might bring the point home.

The flowers were drawn by Twigs & Twine.

Why are profits less for larger sizes?

Clothing manufacturers often charge more for sizes larger than 1XL, but I don’t want to play into that fatphobic nonsense by passing those additional costs along to the buyer.

Who are you and how do I know profits are going to Yellowhammer Fund?

My name is Tae Phoenix and I’m an activist singer songwriter.

I’ll be keeping track of product sales as they come in and donations as they go out on this Google Sheet.

I’m periodically posting screenshots of my receipts from Yellowhammer on this Twitter thread.

There are abortion bans across the country. Why did you pick Alabama?

A dear friend of mine grew up there and we visited together last summer. While we were there, we went to the Equal Justice Initiative and the lynching memorial in Montgomery.

Everywhere I went, I saw the ongoing disparities in wealth and access to opportunity that separate Black and white families that are the legacy of slavery and segregation, and that really stuck with me. Reproductive justice is an economic issue and a civil rights issues, and these abortion bans will impact poor, rural, Black women hardest. I got more viscerally in touch with that reality in Alabama, so I feel a need to help make things right there in particular.

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