About the Photographer
A journalist by training, Laia Abril investigates the history of birth control and the consequences of restricting women’s access to safe and legal abortion in her massive project On Abortion: And the Repercussions of Lack of Access (2016-18). Abril traveled the world to compile the stories and photographs that make up her extensive archive, meeting with doctors, historians, and women who have had harrowing and life-threatening experiences while seeking to terminate a pregnancy. These stories, told in text and images, straightforwardly chronicle the agonizing choices made by women who seek abortions, illuminating the acute desperation of women throughout history to determine the conditions for if whether or when they choose to become mothers. Abril also details the consequences of not being able to do so, including being imprisoned, nearly dying, and having long-term medical and psychological trauma.