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In Case of Emergency... by Elandain In Case of Emergency... by Elandain
Full title: "In Case of Emergency, Break Glass."

This is satirizing the "inconvenience" unborn life places on women in Western society, and the relative convenience our country has provided in disposing of that life.

Painter X, Photoshop CS3

Older concept version here: [link]
Newer concept version here: [link]
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Given 2009-08-13
In Case of Emergency... by *Elandain - Though scary at some extent, the perspective the author has on the act of abortion is consistent, presenting it both as an act that must be executed with utmost responsibility, yet as a damaging act, no matter the circumstance of its manifestation. It's nice to see such a nice executed depiction of fragility - both of the mother and of the fetus - in such a decent, yet detailed manner. ( Suggested by blackdoom and Featured by archanN )
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To me, this is a really powerful piece. Ever since I learned of the atrocity of abortion, I've been strongly against it.

Technically speaking, this work is excellently done. The colors, blending, and the play of light and shadow work well together, giving off a feeling of both cold loneliness and the warmth of life.

The concept is also executed very well. Although it might not necessarily be an "emergency," breaking the glass here will have a definite effect on both the mother and child. This small, fragile life will be gone forever, and the mother will be left with the scar from having ended it herself, leaving a hollowness inside.

As a mother myself, I know the joy of having a little life kicking around inside my belly, and my greatest fear at the time was possibly losing her. This sort of thing is not something to be taken lightly. As shown here, this baby is extremely vulnerable, having no one to protect him or her but the very one who may end the child's life.

As I mentioned before, this is really an excellent work, quite provocative, and simply mesmerizing. Certainly deserved the DD!
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Absorbentghost Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
Life is beauty don't silence it inside the womb .
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stomachlinedinlace Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   General Artist
you're a skilled artist but i think this is a horrible oversimplification of a complicated issue and only serves to vilify and shame women and belittle the struggles associated with pregnancy and raising a child. that, and you will never have to worry about a life growing inside you so i think you took a huge liberty in making this piece. i don't mean to be rude but in all honesty this disgusted me very deeply but not for the reason that you seem to have intended.
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carmencaracol Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
weeeell, I think you may also be guilty of horrible thoughts! I mean, you said, "you will never have to worry about a life growing inside you so i think you took a huge liberty in making this piece," which implies a lot about how you think abortion affects men. have you thought that the baby is not only his/her mother's but also his/her father's? it takes a man to make a baby, after all, and just because the baby isn't growing in the male doesn't mean the male won't feel the same as the female carrying. so, how do you know this man who made this art doesn't know what abortion like, if he himself is capable of creating a child (assuming he is able to)? just because it is not in the man doesn't mean the man feels less or nothing at all! if anything, I think a father feels more frightened and more emotional because the baby is not inside him, so he will worry for its safety! I don't think your argument is fair, and I think you were accusing the artist and trying to make him feel bad. You are female, well then you will never know what it is like to be a man! so, how can you judge? you cannot be a father. you cannot worry like a father does.
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stomachlinedinlace Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   General Artist
i think suggesting that a man feels more fear and emotion over a pregnancy than the person who is actually pregnant and going through drastic physical and emotional changes is kind of ridiculous and it's not really worth replying to beyond this, so, hello and goodbye.
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carmencaracol Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
well, you are assuming a lot since you will never truly know. sayonara.
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Panhead13 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
So sad, and so true...
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jackarcher12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Become immortal through our children.
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LadyKnightPounce83 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Powerful work indeed! If a woman becomes pregnant, she needs to realize there are other options such as putting the innocent life up for adoption.
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blubloodsx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
sensitive and powerful. really really great.
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SYoshiko Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
its very good work. but I think somewhat misleading as the baby is nearly full size and most legal abortions are done before 22 weeks? I think that is still too late - I dont think it should take you 22 weeks to decide it ought to be before 10 weeks, after 10 weeks its a fetus that looks like a little tiny human. This is like a 3rd trimester fetus though. Anyway great skill, the color is awesome, the coldness.. and its effectively emotive.
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Issandar Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
They're trying to make late term abortions legal as we speak.
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SYoshiko Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know. I'm prochoice myself - but I dont think it should be used instead of birthcontrol and responsibility, more like a special case instance, and always very early- before 10 weeks. The fact that they are done so late is horrific to me, esp. now that I have baby, the whole pregnancy I learned so much about babies, fetal development and birth, I felt kicking at 18 weeks, so to think that someone would get an abortion after feeling an amazing little human creature kicking inside, its just .... in-humane. 
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DevilsAdvocate92 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Without getting into the politics of the matter in hand, I think this is a really genuinely powerful piece, and the skill that has gone into it is fantastic. Nice work :D
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Fetouin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive.
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Chengezkhan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A picture is worth a thousand words..!!
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KlippenKatze Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Beautifully done. Is the light illuminating the fetus coming from the mother's heart? You have gift with your lighting.
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HappyStarfish85 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
a beautiful rendition of a very difficult subject.
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Amrock Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is amazing.
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Seriously, well done.
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Rezuko Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist
the limit for abortion is 20 weeks looks like this not even human in appearance [link]
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Rezuko Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist
i love this ver.!!!
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minibelinda7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
absolutely amazing
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Maaronn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Such a powerful piece!
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celestialeuphoria Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the statement!
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RS-Kyra Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Photographer
I'm not sure if this is supposed to be pro-choice or pro-life...I might've faved this when I was on my pro-life kick (which thankfully died fairly quickly).
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Honestly, I do think women should have the right to choose, however, the amount of time before your are no longer able to have a termination shoould be dramaticly reduced! I have seen some horrendus immages of what happens shown to me by a collegue and I have to say I was shocked as the babies were fully formed!

In all honesty I couldn't go through with an abortion myself if I found myself in a difficult situation, however in some circomstances I can understand why people would choose to do that.
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RaeSM Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I understand your view point. Some poor women find themselves in a scary situation and may not know where to turn. =( However there are many places who offer women in crisis pregnancies for help. They can be found online, too. Lifecall.org is one

But if you think it is wrong for a woman to get an abortion after a certain stage, why not earlier too? After all, its still the same baby at 15 weeks as it was at 10 weeks. Just like you were still the same being at 10 years old as you are now. You think its wrong to abort at a late stage in pregnancy, correct? Exactly why? Just so I know your reasoning and belief.
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IsabellaRose Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think a woman who is raped should have the option of terminating the baby, a woman who can not provide food and education for her child should also be able to make that choice. Pro-life is sometimes pro-suffering. It is better for a woman to terminate a pregnancy if she is in an abusive relationship she cannot escape from or if she has drug problems etc. Bringing a child into a world of drugs and abuse or severe poverty and malnutrition is worse than aborting. I agree that the time should be drastically reduced and the procedures changed. But disallowing women to have abortions legally increases unsafe abortions which are far more dangerous for the mother and cruel: think coat hangers, deliberate drug taking and beating ones stomach violently. You also have cultural issues that need to be thought of regarding the suffering of raped women becoming pregnant in Muslim families. Also following your reasoning if the child is the same at any stage then think of the millions of potential life that is lost every time men masturbate or women have their periods. That egg and that sperm are still half a person. What people should really care about is the constant infantcide in India and china where women are being drugged by their husbands and husbands' families and forced to abort without knowing until they wake up, all because of being pregnant with a girl. Shockingly it is wealthy and well educated people who are doing it the most. Now that is something people should be fighting against not taking away womens rights to her body and her life. Don't forget in America laws were considered to stop a woman who in an emergency needing an abortion to save her life would be turned away. This issue is not so black and white.
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RaeSM Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
If a woman cannot provide food and education for her child, there is help for her! There are agencies and churches who gladly help women in crisis pregnancies. They ARE out there. They give women items they will need for their baby, food, a place to stay, acceptance, etc. There is a way to help both mother and baby.

With abusive relationships and drug problems there is also help! Now I know abusive relationships are not easy to get out of. But to kill a child is not the answer. If the child was born before the abusive relationship started, you would not condone killing the child in order to get it out of that situation right? No, you'd want help for the mother and child, not for either of them to die.

Self attempted abortions are rare, and still happen even though abortion is legal. However it doesn't justify killing the child. We need to give women more support, and help them through their fears. We should make sure that there are more agencies available to help women dealing with crisis pregnancies so that they would not feel that they had to abort at all! Many times a woman aborts because she had no support. Women deserve better than abortion; they deserve support, understanding, and love. Abortion often causes trauma for the woman, and kills an innocent baby. It also affects the father as well, and even surviving siblings. People have even survived abortion themselves. I once read about a little girl whose arm was torn off during a failed abortion. She now lives with only one arm--but at least she is alive.

As with Muslim societies, we should be working to change such mindsets and cruelty to women, punishing only the rapist and NOT the child or the mother!

As for the potential life in the egg and sperm, those are not conceived lives, so that is not killing a baby. Only when an egg and sperm unite is it a life. And for women who are being forced to abort, YES we should care about that, I agree. We should care about that AND the babies being aborted every day across the world. Murder is murder.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Atually the brain does not switch on untill 10 weeks, during the development stage at 10 weeks it's kinda like a switch flicks on and the brain is functional :/ That is why I feel that way, also I am not 10 years old, I have the right to my own opionions especially 'informed' ones.
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RaeSM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Oh dear, please forgive me. I was not saying you are 10 years old. I was saying that you are still the same human being that you were when you were 10...(of course I'm sure you've changed a lot since then, but I mean that you were just as much a human being then as you are now)

And actually I read that brain waves can be detected at about 40 days, and the heart begins to beat at 21 days.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Humm, I geus there is allot of conflicting information on the subject.
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Most images of "abortions" are generally miscarriages, especially the more graphic ones. I'd watch where your co-worker is getting them. :paranoid:
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RaeSM Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I don't know about that. Some have authentication, like these ones. One is even an abortion at 24 weeks:

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StupidFae Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Those do seem accurate. Most pro-life sites resort to bullshitting but they seem to be an exception. It seems unnecessary to include 24 week abortions though, because they're rarely even legal.
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RaeSM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Yes, the late term abortions are not done as often as early term..... but they are still done. :/ Just because something isn't done as often...doesn't mean they don't happen. They still need to be noticed, to be addressed, and to be stopped. It is still necessary to make people aware that babies at those stages still get killed.
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StupidFae Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
They are already illegal at that point unless it will have a horrible birth defect. If someone tries to perform an abortion at that point, they are breaking the law and risking arrest. I have never met anyone who did not know it was illegal, even teenagers, so people are already aware that you shouldn't do that. If the law will not stop people from doing it, neither will raising awareness that it still happens.
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fahadnaeem Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow
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Almajis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Wow... true that. It's shocking how easy it seems now to "dispose" of life.
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CyberBunnyCuptart Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my... I have no words for this.

Fucking magical and so well done. WOW.
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Jegudiel2013 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Since 1973 there have been over 50 million abortions performed in the United States.
The "Unborn Americans"...

For perspective in WW2, 50-70 million people were killed.
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IDStudent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
This truly is art! It adresses a relevant topic, leaves questions for the viewer, and isn't sexually charged in any way, shape, or form. Excellent work.
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Ask-War Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Even your satires are violent, I love it. Keep it up.
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Operation-Villainous Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Religious and male.

That's all I needed to know to gauge whether or not you have a valid, educated opinion on this topic.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
If a person's sex disqualifies his opinion as being "informed" or "valid," that qualifies you as a sexist.
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Operation-Villainous Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
No shit, Sherlock. Whether it makes me sexist or not, it doesn't suddenly give your opinion any validity on the topic of abortion.

You don't have a uterus; you will never get pregnant; you will never face the decision of abortion. You have no valid opinion here.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
As a former fetus, my opinion is as valid as anyone's. The human right to life is more important than a woman's perceived right to have sex without fear of impregnation or motherhood.
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You're an idiot to use that fallacious statement - you no more remember what it was like to be a fetus than I do, much less think you would have any rights as a non-sentient organism over the woman who is sentient and incubating you.

What you have is not an opinion because you can't get pregnant to say, "I, personally, would not get an abortion." To say you have an opinion here is to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her pregnancy - "I, personally, will not allow you to get an abortion because I'm against it."

That would mean then that I, as a female, have a right to decide if you should be circumcised or not because of my personal "opinion".

The fetus is not sentient until at least the 18th week and considering that more than 60% of all U.S. abortions are before the first 9 weeks, so there is no "right to life" until then, regardless of what you believe. Based on scientific and medial facts, you're wrong.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I don't have to remember what it was like to be a fetus. It is a scientific fact that I was one.

A person's "sentience" does not give him rights—his humanity does. And let's educate ourselves on the Law of Biogenesis, shall we? Two living human beings cannot produce anything that is not at every point also a living human being.

A person's opinion is not valid or not based on sex. The validity of a statement is based in its truthfulness, regardless of who it comes from.
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And you're attempting to use it like it means anything. I was a fetus, too, and I say that I have a right to get an abortion if I have need of one. And because I happen to also have a uterus and am the one who can get pregnant whereas a man cannot, my opinion automatically holds more weight.

Humanity and sentience are the same thing, dumbass. Having humanity is purely a sentient thing.

Or by "humanity", are you seriously using the "BUT IS HAS HUMAN DNA" argument? Of course it fucking has human DNA. So do tumors, parasitic twins, and human corpses. Does that make them suddenly alive? Going to use the "they have human organs" argument next, or even the "well, it LOOKS human, so it MUST be alive"?

So, you're saying that you would perfectly all right if I, as a female, passed a law that mandated that every man and male child born should have the foreskin removed simply because of my "opinion" even though I will never be directly effected by that law? Right.

"The validity of a statement is based in its truthfulness, regardless of who it comes from."
And I am telling you that, predictably, your opinion holds no truthfulness. You are using age-old, appealing-to-emotion fallacious arguments. You want to act smart and attempt to use science and medicine against me, but you won't argue it thoroughly because it would condemn your whole damn belief.
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CaIsifer Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
I thought that DeviantArt is a place where people from all walks of life can share ideas through the medium of art. Not to judge people based on their religion on ideals.
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