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(en) anarkismo.net: Not enough 3 reasons: we continue fighting for free abortion in Chile by Gema Ortega - Coordinadora Feministas en Lucha (ca, it) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:14:08 +0300


Anarcho-feminism for free, and safe abortion ---- Before the 6th march for Free, Safe and Free Abortion as anarcho-feminists, we can not detract from the struggle for autonomy and self-determination over our own bodies and our lives, especially in light of the struggles our sisters have in different parts of the world. ---- The struggle for the total decriminalization of abortion is a struggle for the self-determination and bodily integrity of women, whose axis is the conquest of one's own body. This struggle has been undertaken by women in different times and contexts, where we all share a common starting point. This is: the installation of the patriarchal system, based on the sexual division of labor, which places women in a subordinate position in the face of social expectations, cultural representations and the relationship with the means and modes of production, in addition to linking their life to their reproductive capacity.

Women have not been free to dispose of our own lives, or of our bodies, which are occupied according to the interests of capital and the goods of political exchange, between the reactionary and patriarchal fringes. Examples of how Piñera's ads have been used as currency have been in his so-called "gender agenda" or the claim of private clinics to receive tax money despite his refusal to perform abortions, covered by a supposed "objection" of conscience "that only operates in cases of abortion, but not before the attention of genocide or abuser of girls and boys. In this way, the weight of an unwanted and unwanted pregnancy always falls on the most vulnerable women who must resort to clandestine and in many cases insecure networks.

Women have fought for years to make effective our self-determination and autonomy, which in turn has allowed us to formally access different spaces such as education, salaried work or representation in politics. However, there is an inexorable difference between what states state and what they actually do. Women have resisted for millennia the violence of the State over our lives and this struggle today has global characteristics. We are facing an advance of unprecedented feminist struggle that allows us to maintain that this is the time to conquer all spaces. We can not forget that feminism as a radical proposal rebels even against the natural order or the ultimate nature of the state of things. It is profoundly revolutionary and can not pledge its demands for a couple of seats in parliament or reforms that are only convenient for the ruling classes, which consolidate our reproductive capacity to have new layers of cheap labor. As a feminist, I am convinced that feminism has a strong anarchist power, but above all as an anarchist I believe that it is indispensable to be a feminist and fight for free abortion.

The fight for abortion has a clear emancipatory content, since the interruption of pregnancy is no longer seen as a medical or eugenic procedure, but as the self-determination of women. Such as the legislation promoted by Marti Ibánez in the Spain of 1936: " The authorization to carry out abortion represents, then, a vigorous affirmation of motherhood insofar as it affects the responsibility of the woman, henceforth, as regards her life sexual, the woman will be freed from the male egoistic tyranny and will have some rights -of which she stands out for having herself and deciding on her motherhood- that she will buy at the cost of duties that until now have been forgotten ".[1]

We must remember that self-determination is not a right, but is the ability to decide in a completely autonomous way the way of life that suits us best. This capacity can be exercised only when sovereignty is in the hands of the individual as part of the community, which is only possible with the disappearance of the State and private property. Likewise, we can not speak of self-determination when we are subject to the idea of nature as something immutable and wild and that therefore must be submitted to the patriarchal order.

What do we talk about when we talk about sovereignty? By sovereignty we understand the collective participation in time and the forms of spending of surplus production. Sovereignty would be distinguished by inverting the economic logic of pleasure-work to a moment of irreducible singularity. The sovereignty is opposed to servitude, it is opposed to any procedure of subordination or exploitation, we could even say that if we did not have our own time and body, we could never act autonomously or sovereignly. Consequently, self-determination can only be considered as the result of a revolutionary conquest resulting from the overcoming of the State and private property, because only then are the minimum conditions of reasonable freedom to decide on our own conditions of life.

Anarchism involves an attempt to subvert the instituted order, with the aim of producing a wider secularization of social life. Anarchism and specifically the radical proposal of anarcho-feminism rejects the official discourse of the State, the political parties and the Church, but also questions the private task, breaking with the sexual morality and the prevailing family model, which will only be achieved by denouncing and overcoming the privilege of heterosexual men in everyday and sexual uses. The struggle for abortion is a fight against sexual violence and exploitation, and demands not only the decriminalization of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy but the destruction of the heterowinkapatriarchal system as a whole. As Leonor Silvestri points out:

" The step is, from some previous step: undoing the genders, the alliance and the imperatives of juridical and economic medical power, new possibilities of interaction between the unimaginable corporalities would be established that among other things would not result in unwanted pregnancies, for to be able to form networks of affinity from where and from which to support each other ".

[1].- Félix Marti Ibánez, "Around the eugenic reform of abortion", Estudios, January 1937. Also: "Ten months of work in Health", pp. 151-152.
Related Link: https://www.facebook.com/coodinadorafeministasenlucha/

https://www.anarkismo.net/article/31072
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