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(en) Italy: FdCA statement - YES, Law No.40 is a rip-off! [it]

Date Thu, 26 May 2005 15:31:48 +0300

It was written without taking into account the opinion of women and against the
opinion of the experts, with no account taken at all of the extremely delicate
technical problems related to it. The result was a law which is impossible to
enforce due to the highly serious consequences to the health of women who
undergo treatment of this nature.
The law was demanded by the Church, which itself it no longer able to force its
will onto the consciences of the faithful, and instead is trying to impose all
its beliefs and teachings on everyone through a law of the State. The result is
a hypocritical law which is not shared by the majority of Italians, believers

It was voted for by senators and deputies who confused fertility treatments
with cuckoldry and who greeted the protests of (the very few) female
parliamentarians with the cry of "whore!".

The result is a vile law which in practice refuses to recognize the existence
of male sterility, thereby reassuring our male rulers and sending the rest of
us back to the times of the biblical Patriarchs when only women were sterile
and liable to be repudiated for that reason.

It became the law in a State that has reserved for itself the right to decide
for each of us by limiting access to treatment and to healthcare, trampling
over any pretence at equality or a secular State.

The result has been an increase in "reproductive tourism" to countries whose
legisation is even marginally an improvement on this.

This law must be changed.

Actually, what it really needs is to be abolished altogether. If we have to
have a law, then let it be written again from scratch. The only reason a law on
these techniques is needed (a law, mind you, not a regulation or a medical
circular, or an agreed mode of practice...) is because science is moving faster
than our perceptions, just as relationships and families are changing, and this
is frightening to some. And, apparently, laws are there to reassure us.

But what is the answer to the fear of the enormous power of science and
medicine? Simply put, it is to lock the stable door after the horse has bolted,
on a question of principle and kow-towing to dogmas. Instead of reasoned
discussion and public debate on the questions of life, death, healthcare and
illness, limits and boundaries. Collective reasoning, not the imposition of the
will of a few. Only with the courage of freedom and debate, with agreed
practices that protect freedom and individual responsibility, the right to
choose, both in our relations and in science can we ever hope to achieve
criteria and regulations that are agreed on by all rather than imposed.

For now, we will just have to make do with winning these four referendums...

May 2005


This statement was published in the May 2005 issue of Alternativa Libertaria,
the monthly news-sheet of the FdCA. For more information on Law No.40 and
background information on the referendum, see our website under the category
"gender issues".

From: Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale-A-fdca.it>

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