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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL September 2017 - Right to Abortion: Europe takes action on 28 September (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:33:28 +0300

On 28 September, the International Day for the Right to Abortion will take place. The slogan of this year is to launch a European mobilization for the inscription of this right as well as the right of women to freely dispose of their bodies in European legislation. ---- As the European Union advocates the defense of human rights , the right to abortion is still not guaranteed, sometimes in defiance of women's lives. It is severely restricted in Poland, Cyprus, Andorra and Ireland (women only have access to it in case of danger to the mother, sometimes in case of rape or malformation of the fetus), and it is totally forbidden in Malta. Its non-inclusion in European law was even a prerequisite for Poland when it joined the EU in 2004 and by Ireland during the negotiation of the Lisbon Treaty. ---- With the development of reactionary parties in the various branches of power, this right is often attacked and questioned where it is recognized. After an attempt to limit abortion in Spain in 2013 - which failed because of the challenge - it was access to abortion for minors that was reduced. And only a broad mobilization prevented its total ban in Poland in October 2016.

Faced with this situation, dozens of French associations, unions and political organizations, joined by Polish, Belgian, Spanish and Turkish feminist associations - from twenty-three countries in all - created a collective around the 28 September. Events and events will take place throughout the week, and a delegation will be sent to Brussels. A petition is online on the specially created website [1].

Of course, not all countries are at the same level of progress on this issue, and expectations are not the same in countries where abortion is still considered a crime - in Malta it is punishable by three years of prison and fourteen years in Ireland ! - and in France, where the heart of the problem is rather the lack of funding and the closure of abortion centers. The length of time an abortion is possible also varies greatly. For example, it is ten weeks in Croatia and Slovenia and twenty-four weeks in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands [2].

A juicy clandestine market

However, it is in the interest of all of us to support ourselves towards a widespread improvement: a right guaranteed in all countries, with sufficient means for all to have access to it. Worldwide, an estimated 47,000 women die every year because of a clandestine abortion [3]. In Europe, women generally obtain abortion pills, do what is called indecently " abortive tourism ", as if it were a holiday, or call on physicians who practice them at prohibitive prices . A juicy clandestine market that takes place at a high price for women.

Recall that abortion must be a right AND a choice. The forced sterilization of Roma women in Slovakia and Hungary also involves violence and mutilation. In both directions, women's bodies are a battlefield. It is up to us to recover our rights !

If the petition and a letter are to be delivered to the European deputies on 28 September in Brussels, alternative libertarian think that it is above all on the street that the mobilization must be strong. We have no illusions as to what the next European elections will bring in 2019. There is only one sweeping movement that could make an intrinsically anti-democratic institution, constructed not in the interests of but to promote the enrichment of the capitalists.

Fighting against austerity measures in France by mobilizing on 12 September also means fighting against the closures of the IVG center and for better access to abortion. It will also be necessary to be present and present in all the cities where collectives are built around September 28. It will also be necessary to be in Brussels to remind that it is up to each woman to decide, not to the elected officials - especially since 63 % of MEPs are men.

Elisa (AL Saint-Denis)

Mobilization Agenda

All appointments will be listed on the Aborceeurope.org website .

First appointments:

* Brussels: Thursday 28 September 2017 at 17:30 at the European Quarter

* Occitan region: The collective for the abortion (voluntary termination of pregnancy) created a local Facebook page " Abortion Women decide France-South ".

* Marseille: Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 6 pm, gathering under the Ombrière du Vieux-Port.

[1] Aborceeurope.org.

[2] See the World map on the subject: " In Europe, five countries limit or prohibit abortion ", on Lemonde.fr.

[3] According to the 2008 WHO figures: " Prevention of unsafe abortions " on Who.int.

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