We love the concepts of using Disney princesses to depict modern times but these new illustrations by Maritza Lugo are truly disturbing — and partially because they’re so damn accurate.
The artist teamed up with writer Danielle Sepulveres to depict how women (in this case, the princesses) will most likely be affected should the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) be repealed as Trump promises.
Some of the many scenes include Jasmine and Aladdin be forced to bury the remains of a miscarriage, Tiana get denied vaccines because she no longer can afford preventative health care, and Belle facing the consequences of not being able to afford birth control.
Sepulveres told ATTN, “This year, I’ve gotten a lot of ‘whoa you and Maritza took it to a darker place this year’ mainly because of the Aladdin and Jasmine image of having to make funeral arrangements for a miscarriage. But we’re in a strange, frightening, potentially dark time, so it’s only right that we don’t sugarcoat it.”
The duo previous teamed up to show the princesses going to their gynecologists in order to promote Cervical Health Awareness Month. The new illustrations are obviously a lot more serious, but unfortunately just as realistic.
The images were accompanied by an article about why ACA is so important why healthcare should not be a partisan issue. They write,
“Government is meant to serve the needs and safety of the public. And the idea of blaming or congratulating one side of the aisle over another for the responsibility of “rescuing” the American people resonates with the level of maturity of middle school schoolyard taunting.”
You can read the full piece here and view the rest of the illustrations below.