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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - Antipatriarcat, Fourteen weeks: means for an effective right to abortion (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:14:16 +0200

A bill designed to strengthen the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy was passed by the National Assembly on 8 October. This law is a step forward for women's rights, but its course before final adoption is fraught with difficulties, as she is well enough. Only our struggles ensure an effective right to abortion. ---- The new bill extends the legal duration of the voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) from twelve to fourteen weeks. This is essential, because between 3000 and 5000 women go every year abroad at their own expense, to abort. The most precarious women often can not afford it. Among other provisions of this law, there is the possibility for midwives to perform surgical abortions up to ten weeks, so that they could realize that abortion drug so far.

The Order of Physicians and the Academy of Medicine oppose this law. It is not surprising, these institutions are reactionary and have never ceased to try to limit the rights of women, already opposing in 1974 the law legalizing abortion. Our lives cannot be placed in the hands of those people for whom women cannot dispose of their bodies as they see fit!

The bill also provides for the removal of the conscience clause specific to abortion (doctors already have a general conscience clause): so much the better! These gentlemen certainly don't like it, but it's not for them to decide for us. They will say they only want to protect women's health ; but forcing us to have an abortion clandestinely is to put ourselves in concrete danger.

Lack of means for the right to abortion
Extending the deadlines is important to avoid many dramatic situations. But it is certainly not enough. Eight percent of abortion centers have closed in recent years. In many areas, it takes 100 km to have an abortion. In this, widening the possibility for midwives to perform abortion is a good thing, but we must go much further.

Today, free and open access to abortion for all women is certainly not guaranteed. This leads to tragic situations, because a woman who wants to have an abortion will have an abortion. Late abortions can therefore be performed in poor sanitary conditions, endangering the health of women. What is needed today is to increase the means so that the right to abortion is effective.

Even if the bill is carried among others by LREM deputies, Macron and Castex do not hide their disapproval. They also appeal to the National Ethics Committee to examine it. Only our struggles, the struggles of women for our right to dispose of our bodies, to have children if we want and when we want, will be victorious. We must continue to organize ourselves in our feminist associations, in our family schedules, in our unions, so that not a woman is left behind.

Adèle (UCL Pantin)

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