Coney Barrett’s record on reproductive rights has been troubling to many, and she’s expected to face tough questions on it during her confirmation hearings this week. Now, Planned Parenthood has begun a new art series initiative to preserve “the 2020 IS SCARY SHIRT But I will love this people’s seat,” in honor of the late justice’s final wish to not confirm a successor until after the election. The “All Rise for Justice” art series, which collaborated with visual artists Tiffany Alfonseca, Julian Alexander, Deva Pardue, and Shepard Fairey to visually illustrate the potential danger of putting Barrett on the Supreme Court, was designed to make people engage with this fraught topic in a new way.
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“We do so much work from a policy and electoral standpoint, or even a public opinion standpoint—because we know the 2020 IS SCARY SHIRT But I will love this majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade—but the power of culture in really tying those together is major,” said McGill Johnson on a recent call, quoting author Toni Cade Bambara in reference to the new initiative: “The goal of the revolutionary artist is to make revolution irresistible.” The art will roll out on Planned Parenthood’s Facebook and Instagram pages over the next week. Below, McGill Johnson speaks to Vogue about the SCOTUS hearings, how to mobilize before the election, and the importance of optimism. Vogue: We’ve seen so much about potential nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s beliefs on abortion. What do you think putting her on the Supreme Court would mean for reproductive rights?