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Artists Enlisted The Help Of Disney Princesses To Show The Effect Of Repealing Obamacare

Artists Maritza Lugo and Danielle Sepulveres took inspiration from Disney princesses to illustrate their opposition to the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Even though he's only been in the office for a matter of weeks, Donald Trump has made it clear that he's set on repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Last month, Senate Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act by approving an outlined budget allowing them to remove the health care law.

Of course, that leaves millions of Americans uncertain of their health care futures, unsure whether or not they have their insurance under Obamacare or how it will affect other parts of the healthcare system, like Planned Parenthood.

To display just how devastating the effects a loss of funding for healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood would be, illustrator Maritza Lugo and writer Danielle Sepulveres teamed up to create a series of illustrations to attempt to inform and use their voice to stand against the "GOP's war on women."


In revamping @daniellesep & my Disney Princess goes to the Gyno series, we had to think about a lot of things. Firstly, it's the GOP's war on women. With our incoming president-elect being a complete Neanderthal and bringing along a gaggle of idiots, it's only right that we start fighting back utilizing our god given talents. Second of all, it's this insane idea of "taking back" America from outsiders or "making America great again". America has always been a refuge for those seeking a better life for them and theirs. America would not and could not be great without its "outsiders". America has always been great for white cis males & it's time it was great for everyone who's sweat, blood & tears have created this nation. With words by @daniellesep & images by yours truly, we start off the new series with Elena of Avalor, Disney's first Latina Princess. Here she is going to Planned Parenthood to stand against the evil stepsisters of the GOP. If you're interested in finding out more or want to feature this, we have four more images & email is in bio! #disneyprincesses #princess #elenaofavalor #disney #plannedparenthood #womenofcolor #woc #gop #notmypresident #cinderella #illustration #graphic #artwork #maritzalugoart #illustrator #art #prochoice

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Revamping their illustrations from last year featuring Disney princesses visiting the gynecologist in an attempt to raise awareness for Cervical Cancer Awareness month, this time around they're using Disney princesses to show the harsh realities women in Trump's America would face if the Affordable Care Act does get repealed.

Elena of Avalor, Disney's first Latina Princess, is pictured "standing against the evil stepsisters of the GOP." Aladdin and Jasmine's illustration "has to do with family planning and how we're afraid it could be affected by this new administration." Belle is pictured getting denied her birth control refill, which "helps women in so many ways and it isn't just for preventing pregnancy."


Previously, we saw Aladdin & Jasmine happy & ready to start their family. This year, however, it's taken a dark tone. Why? Because Trump just nominated former U.S. Senator from Indiana Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence and he’s just one of many Republicans who back strenuous measures against Planned Parenthood and restricting a women’s right to choose. Indiana is a state along with Louisiana and Texas that have been trying to sign into law a mandate that would essentially force women to provide funeral services for aborted tissue and miscarriages. So today’s illustration has to do with family planning and how we’re afraid it could be affected by this new administration, based on people like Mike Pence, Dan Coats, and honestly the entirety of the Texas GOP. Also considering that it’s Jasmine and Aladdin looking for some family planning? Here’s hoping they don’t have to deal with Trump’s Muslim registry first. . . Words by @daniellesep /drawing by yours truly. #disney #princess #aladdin #jasmine #familyplanning #plannedparenthood #fucktrump #illustration #artwork #awholenewrepublicanworld #maritzalugoart #standwithpp

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Last night, while most of us slept, the Senate took it's major first steps in repealing Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. This is not to be had. This is not to be tolerated. Millions of Americans like you & I depend on the ACA. Today, the New York Times wrote: "Republican leaders say they will work closely with Mr. Trump developing legislation to repeal and replace the health care law, but it is unclear exactly how his team will participate in that effort." We, as a nation, can not afford to lose the most accessible health care plan that we as a country have ever seen. We can't afford to see what Donald Trump's "plan" will be. Please call your representatives. Don't sit on the sidelines. #plannedparenthood #standwithpp #aca #illustration #maritzalugoart #disney #princesses #ariel #thelittlemermaid #artwork #art #disneyprincesses #fuckmitchmcconnell

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Belle was super happy to get birth control. As someone who was dependent on it, finding out she was denied her refill will only make Belle's life a little harder. Birth control helps women in so many ways and it isn't just for preventing pregnancy. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand was working hard to protect birth control while the GOP was trying to overturn #ACA. Slate published an article on this yesterday. The Senate voted to leave 55 million women without affordable birth control. No-copay birth control was a hallmark of ACA, allowing 55 million women to have more control over their bodies. Now insurance companies would no longer be required to cover contraceptives, and pregnancy would be considered a “pre-existing condition.” #standwithpp #plannedparenthood #beautyandthebeast #disney #disneyprincesses #illustration #socialjustice #maritzalugoart #artwork #belle #fucktrump

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In our final rendition of Disney Princesses VS. the GOP, we remember that last year we had Tiana getting her HPV vaccine in part to promote Cervical Cancer Awareness month. And to combat some of the fallacies that perpetuate about the vaccine itself, which include the idea that only girls should get it, it promotes sexual behavior, or that it’s ineffective. But this year there’s an even bigger issue at hand. And that’s Trump’s overall attitude towards vaccines. His insistence that vaccines cause autism has not waned, in spite of all scientific evidence to the contrary. Trump’s most recent claim is that there will be a better replacement to ACA which will be less expensive and available to everyone. Details of such a wonderful concept? There are none except the phrase that Americans will be “beautifully covered.” This sounds like what Beyoncé would describe as a "sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare" and we're guessing it's not the sweet dream. #disney #princesses #obamacare #tiana #standwithpp #aca #disneyprincess #vaccines #illustration #artwork #princessandthefrog #blacklivesmatter

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Maggie Dickman

Maggie is a digital apprentice at Meredith Corporation. When she's not writing trending stories, you'll find her full on blasting One Direction, scanning through her favorite fashion blogs or hitting up any and every concert that passes through her home base of Des Moines.

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