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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - From Texas to Sherbrooke, attacks on the right to abortion (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 20 Sep 2021 10:58:16 +0300

My body, my choice! ---- In early September, a new anti-abortion law came into effect in Texas. Now, in this South American state, abortion is illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, even in cases of rape or incest! Worse still, people can sue anyone involved in the abortion process, as Thomas Harms points out in an article for RFI: "This device of the new law against abortion may concern the taxi driver who drives the woman. pregnant in a clinic, the friend who advises her a doctor or any association that helps financially the person who wishes to have an abortion. "[1]. As if this attack on women's lives and the ensuing repression weren't enough, Texas law "offers 10,000 dollars in 'compensation' to the plaintiff in the event of a conviction by the courts"[2]. The Christian anti-abortion groupTexas Right to Life is promoting via videos a website where it is possible to go and denounce the "violators" of this new law to kill women.

Even before the law came into effect, many women had to turn to clinics in neighboring states as they were desperately short of options in Texas. In Oklahoma, a clinic that performs abortion has recently received double the number of requests, with two-thirds of these people coming from Texas. The same goes for Kansas and Colorado. Having to go to another state makes abortion even more difficult because of the costs that this entails, the work holidays that are often not possible to take, having to look after the children, etc. Traveling from one state to another is also extremely dangerous for undocumented women who risk being stopped at checkpoints .

In March 2020, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, totally banned the right to abortion for more than a month in an executive order related to COVID-19. As a result, the number of women who visited a family planning center in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nevada) has multiplied by 12 during this month. In Kansas, the number of Texans who had access to abortion rose from 25 in 2019 to 289 in 2020. On average, these people had to travel more than 1,000 kilometers to qualify for this essential service[3]. The states that welcome these women from Texas are already struggling to meet the demand on their own territory. The clinics are not numerous and it should not be believed that abortions are performed 5 days a week 24/24. The time slots are often very limited,

To add an additional layer, the American Supreme Court refused to suspend the application of this liberticidal law. It will examine it to judge its constitutionality, but since the majority of the Court is conservative since the appointments made by Donald Trump[4], it is likely that there is no chance that the law will be blocked. Patriarchy is doing well... A bunch of men passing laws to manage women's bodies, giving an embryo the size of a grain of rice more power over women's bodies than a woman can. have on their own body, prohibit their fundamental right to abortion, which will inevitably lead to deaths via makeshift abortions, impoverish women who will have to pay several hundred dollars to go to a clinic in a neighboring state when possible, etc. However, this South American state is not an isolated case. On various scales, whether in Texas or in Canada, the right to abortion is always attacked and called into question.

In Sherbrooke, a 40-day vigil against the right to abortion

From September 22 to October 31, the Christian organization Campagne Québec-Vie will hold an anti-abortion vigil in front of the family planning clinic of the CIUSS de l'Estrie-CHUS. This event is the first of Campagne Québec-Vie outside of Montreal[5]. Even though abortion is legal in Quebec, nothing is set in stone and there is always a risk that women will lose this fundamental right. Just remember the Harper days when MPs backbencherof the Conservative Party were used to send political balloons into trying to make changes to laws that would restrict the right to abortion. These attempts are a means of testing what will be the response of opposition parties, the population and civil society. Take the pulse on the issue of abortion and if there is no resistance, move forward with their new backward laws.

It is obvious that the two events, the Texas law and the Sherbrooke vigil, are not even close to having similar repercussions. Between a law that annihilates the right to abortion for women and a gathering of a few Christians in front of a CIUSS, there are light years. However, this does not mean that this vigilance and this type of action should be taken lightly. During their vigil, several women will be intimidated by the people in the rally and they will distribute anti-abortion information while trying to join their ranks. During this kind of event, the media give them a platform to get their message across and through the band, help them spread their ideas. We must kill all movements at the root, groups and political parties that try to question the right to abortion. The right of women to decide their bodies is not negotiable!

1. RFI:United States: Texas offers 10,000 dollars to anyone who denounces an abortion .

2. Ibid .

3. Seattle Times:New Texas abortion law pushes women to out-of-state clinics .

4. RFI: United States: Joe Biden denounces the decision of the Supreme Court on abortion in Texas .

5. La Tribune:An anti-abortion movement is organizing a 40-day vigil .

Posted 15 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman

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