Baby Blanket, 2023

24”x31” Crocheted baby blanket, cotton yarn
In 2020, a report by The Commonwealth Fund revealed that the maternal death rate was 62% higher in 26 states that currently impose bans or stringent restrictions on abortion access compared to the 24 states with more accessible abortion services. States with prohibitive abortion measures displayed poorer overall health outcomes for women of reproductive age. From 2018 to 2020, the death rates for women aged 15 to 44 were 34% higher in states with increased abortion restrictions. A report from the Gender Equity Policy Institute disclosed that women in states with abortion bans face an almost threefold increased likelihood of mortality during pregnancy, childbirth, or shortly after delivery.

I wanted to shed light on this data by taking a familiar form, a baby blanket, and remix it to communicate this surprising and disturbing information.

© Olivia Johnson 2023