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(en) Workers Solidarity No. 68 Jan/Feb 2002 - Chaos - Thinking about anarchism

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://struggle.ws/ws/2002.html)
Date Tue, 12 Feb 2002 17:39:38 -0500 (EST)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

Vote No in government's
    anti-choice referendum 

As we face into campaigning against yet another
abortion referendum we are taking this opportunity to
detail why we this is such an important issue for us.
Anarchism is all about the freedom to choose to make
decisions that directly effect us. For women, this
includes the decision whether or not to become
pregnant, whether or not to remain pregnant, whether
or not to have children.

It is possible to be an anarchist and to have a moral objection
to abortion. It is not possible to be an anarchist and not
support the right to choose. For if the right to choose does not
rest solely with pregnant women, where does it lie; with the
state, with lawyers and the courts, with police?

The logic of the anti-choice position is that women are
coerced into continuing with unwanted pregnancies. To
anarchists this is unacceptable. Women consider many
different issues when they make the decision to have an
abortion. They consider the views of their partner, parents
and of the society they live in. They consider the effect it will
have on their career or studies. They think about whether they
are ready for motherhood. They look at the relationship they
are in. They examine their financial situation.

The decision is complex and not an easy one. The best
person, indeed the only person, with the right to make that
decision, is the woman who is going to have to live with its
consequences. So for us, the right to abortion is a basic
human right.

For many women abortion isn't a choice, rather it is the only
option in their circumstances. The right to choose should also
include the right to choose to become a mother. While we
fight for abortion rights http://struggle.ws/abortion_wsm.html
on one hand, we also fight for the
removal of stigma and economic barriers, which prevent
some women from carrying through a pregnancy, which they
would like to continue with.

Our fight for abortion rights therefore is also part of a wider
struggle to re-define what sort of lives women http://struggle.ws/women_wsm.html
are able to lead. It is just as much part of a struggle for a society that
supports parents in their decision to have children. In
defending and defining the right to choose in the broadest way
possible, we are defending the right to make choices about
how to live our lives. In doing this we are setting the agenda
for a future society.

Aileen O'Carroll

See also

   Anarchism and the fight for Abortion rights http://struggle.ws/abortion_wsm.html
   Alliance for A No Vote http://struggle.ws/voteno.html

This page is from the print version of the Irish
   Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html .
We also  provide PDF  http://struggle.ws/ws/pdf.html files of
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      Print out the PDF file of this issue  http://struggle.ws/ws/pdf/ws68.html
See also:  Against capitalist globalisation  http://struggle.ws/wsm/global.html

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