Art Forms Speak Literacy


In countries as far away as Afghanistan and as close as the United States, acts in nature that are normally unheard, are being portrayed in a positive light to the public. We are seeing it in solid forms of art – in pictures, poems, books, and film.

Where you may not commonly hear of forced acts relating to decisions in a female’s life, more recently, we are seeing this appearing in large numbers worldwide.

Whether this is considered frightful or not, to speak of acts against oneself is becoming commonplace and will soon be a nonexistent event due to the outpouring of acceptance to this kind of displaying.

For example, a Theatre in Jalalabad and now a film, centers on a teen forced into having an abortion, called “Isabelle’s Eyes.” Forms displaying art are words added to conversation.

Not long after women had gained the right to vote, children were being forced and coerced into terminating their pregnancies. Roe v. Wade taken in 1973 under the 14th Amendment won for reasons of rape and choice. Yet many women and teens were losing the right to choose to keep their pregnancies to full term at the same time. These statistics were easily swept under the carpet. For every step gained for women it would be used to take her power three steps back, especially in control of decision making. It seems that for reasons of shame and guilt, most women will not choose to talk about these decisions that were made for them.

Six years after abortion became legal, at least 20 teens were lined up without parents waiting to be drugged, and have their babies terminated. All but one would be asleep and resort without a struggle. This one teen would try to fight the man who brought her there, the men and staff that held her there, and the hallucinative drugs she was given – and eventually have to fight for her life when she was refused anesthetic to the procedure teaching her a lesson and sending her body into shock and almost bleeding to death.

She had to watch the gruesome procedure of killing her baby by cracking its neck with the doctor’s bare hands and then pulled out and thrown into a garbage can – where it hit loudly because it was a late abortion. She was later told by the doctor she was promiscuous to have done this. More than three decades later, when this woman gained the courage to report the murder, she was shunned and doubted by the police.

At the time the abortion was done, the establishment won. The teenager was silenced by shame of sin and bad behavior. Little did they know this teen would pull through, grow up, thrive, and become a screenwriter. The teenager who once had a hard time articulating the situation, today thrives and can fight back.


International Screenwriters’ Association. Web. 19 Oct. 2015. .

Leadership Training. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

“Roe v. Wade.” – Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

“Theatre For Social Development.” Bond Street Theatre. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.