The new Polish abortion law has shocked a lot of people, including Hungarian artists. This short animation reacts to the abortion law with powerful images.
“Motherhood never should be a must. My body. My temple. Respect it. I am not a soulless machine. My body, my choice. Let women have options. I’m scared! Let women decide.” – Some of the messages of the short film created by Hungarian animators.
All around the world, people have been shocked by the new abortion law that was passed in Poland, on the 22nd of October, to make the former law that was in force from 1993 stricter. Abortion was allowed in three cases: if the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life or health, if there is a great chance of the foetus developing major disorders or incurable diseases, or if the pregnancy occurred by rape. But the law allowing abortion in cases of ill and deformed foetuses was found to be unconstitutional, so even if a major illness or disability is confirmed by examinations, abortion would not be allowed, explains Femina.
The new abortion ban caused great public outcry and protests not only in Poland but all around the world, including Hungary. People shared their opinions on the internet, too. Animator students from the Lodz Film School of Poland made a video earlier, reacting to the new law which inspired a Hungarian team of animators, too. This is how this intense, thought-provoking animation film titled Solidarity With Polish Women came to life.
The creators explain in the description of the video: “The situation in Poland, while not directly affecting our country, still left us in a state of shock and made each of us realise just how easily things can change for the worse. With our work, we wanted to reflect on our own fears about the future while standing in solidarity with the women of Poland. Together we believe we can make a difference and incite change.”
The animation film depicts strong images using mainly shades of red, grey, and black. The womb is pictured as a machine, and abortion is shown by a woman laying down naked surrounded by the doctor and other men.
The implementation of the new highly controversial abortion law has been actually delayed, and Andrzej Duda, president of Poland, proposed a new law which would allow abortion if the foetus is diagnosed with a disorder incompatible with life.