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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]
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 .
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 .
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 . 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
Elisa (AL Saint-Denis)
All appointments will be listed on the Aborceeurope.org website .
* 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
 See the World map on the subject: " In Europe, five countries limit or prohibit
abortion ", on Lemonde.fr.
 According to the 2008 WHO figures: " Prevention of unsafe abortions " on Who.int.
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