Founded in 2009, 4000 Years for Choice celebrates the practices of abortion and contraception as positive, historical acts through inspiring visual art projects. Heather Ault began the project as a means to reduce the stigma she experienced after having an abortion. Heather's work is notable for its bold visual images, affirming messages, and historical narratives that honor the deep desire to be self-determined in one's own sexuality and reproduction. 4000 Years for Choice, and the many projects that accompany it, suggest new frameworks for understanding abortion and contraception, provide opportunities to start new conversations, and offer innovative strategies that help to reduce stigma and ensure our reproductive freedom!

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"Heather Ault is the most creative artist working today on behalf of the abortion rights movement... her work deserves widespread distribution.
 Carole Joffe, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

"The Abortion Care Network was very fortunate to have Heather Ault present '4000 Years for Choice' at our 2010 Annual Meeting. Using incisive research and personal experience, Heather brilliantly reinvented our understanding of birth control, abortion, and all things reproductive. Everyone who saw the presentation was changed. This is art at its best and most powerful."
– Charlotte Taft, Director, Abortion Care Network

"With verve, savvy, and joy, Heather Ault's smart poster series '4000 Years for Choice' helps reframe contemporary visual culture and rhetoric about contraception, abortion, and reproduction. Her formal lecture, classroom visits, and informal conversations encourage participants to contemplate campaigns for women's rights while also suggesting fresh, vital strategies and tactics for those committed to social change. Her work is lovely, critical, and necessary."
– Kelly Quinn, PhD, Miami University, Ohio

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Allies and Partners

4000 Years for Choice has worked with the following organizations and universities to produce art exhibits, conference presentations, and artist talks.


Abortion Care Network
Abortion Conversation Project
Bay Area Coallition for Reproductive Rights
Central Michigan University
Colby College
Emma Goldman Clinic
Indiana University in Fort Wayne
Indi Go Artist Co-Op
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University of Ohio
NARAL Illinois Choice Action Team
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota
National Abortion Federation
National Network of Abortion Funds
Netroots Nation
Nursing Students for Choice
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Revolution Books
Rollins College
United States Social Forum
University of California in Riverside
University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
University of Michigan in Dearborn
Whole Woman's Health
Women Have Options
World Can't Wait