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(en) Spaine, CNT - Castilla y León: Our bodies are not subject to guardianship! - In the fight against the systematic attack against the right to abortion (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 30 Jan 2023 08:45:34 +0200

The recent news from Castilla y León is not an anecdote: it is the most common daily practice. Although the focus now points to Castilian and Leonese territory, the problems that the proposal entails are common in other CCAAs and are part of the reactionary strategy of the far-right party -there is no other definition for the formation of García-Gallardo and company- to suppress the right to abortion. A crucial right for women, which marked a milestone in the history of feminist struggles, which is still being fought for in many places and which continues to be a bargaining chip for politicians. ---- The VOX measures - from which the PP, its partner in the government, has shyly distanced itself and not forcefully enough, although no other attitude than complicity could be expected - include the obligation for health professionals to offer the pregnant person listening to the fetal heartbeat or a 4D ultrasound before being able to access a voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVE). At the moment these are just ideas that have not been implemented, but added to them is the fact that the right to free and accessible abortion, recognized in the current law, 2/2010 on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Interruption Pregnancy Volunteer, is constantly violated in much of the national territory.

Women who are denied the possibility of receiving the intervention in their reference hospital alleging "extra-medical" causes are forced to make a pilgrimage outside their province that adds kilometers, uncertainty and an increasing risk, because the longer their health passes You will see more compromised. The permissiveness of the administrations with the generalized conscientious objection of doctors, that no other public employee is allowed to refuse to comply with a law - under penalty of being dismissed or removed from service. Tolerance with the harassment of women who want an abortion, with the graffiti and religious stickers in front of the clinics, with the "pro-life" centers that are set up in front of the few authorized private clinics that exist. All of this means that equity and quality of health protection are not guaranteed for women and pregnant people, who are running unnecessary risks due to the systematic mistreatment to which the health system subjects them before an IVE.

The equal access to free abortion proclaimed by the law is belied by the figures, which speak for themselves: nationwide, in 2021, only 15.67% of IVEs have been performed in public centers. And, both public and private, only 13% of them took place in hospitals. The anti-abortion wave supposes, therefore and fundamentally, the opposition to abortion for the working class: a story that is not unknown to us. The class gap makes what should be a right become a privilege. This is related to the situation of general access to healthcare, increasingly impoverished, and with the deprivation of so many other rights that are, at least theoretically, fundamental: education, housing, sexual freedom...

Health and safety for those who decide on an IVE are not guaranteed in this country: let no one tell us otherwise. The decision to abort -for whatever reason- cannot be subject to moral fluctuations and the administrative obstacles of politicians, doctors or priests.

As Rosa Jiménez sang in the Coplas Retrogradas together with Chicho Sánchez Ferlosio, "although many don't care about the war, they become wild when one miscarries." It is not only the CyL Board that must come to the fore: the autonomous governments of all political signs are portrayed alone.

In view of this, all that remains is the claim and the fight so that this right does not remain a dead letter.

Our bodies are not subject to guardianship.

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