Initiative for the decriminalization of abortion rejected in Guanajuato
By Yucatan Times
May 26, 2020
Guanajuato, Mexico - Representatives from the Justice and Public Health Commissions rejected this Tuesday May 26th, the initiative on the decriminalization of abortion in Guanajuato, declaring it inadmissible with three votes in favor and six against.
In a virtual session, legislators from the Guanajuato Congress, most of them PAN members, rejected the request to analyze the issue for longer, an initiative proposed by local representatives from Morena and the Revolution Democratic Party (PRD).
Women’s rights in Poland: "This would be tantamount to a de facto ban on abortion".
International Viewpoint Online magazine, IV544 - May 2020
Saturday 16 May 2020
A conversation with Hanna Grzeskiewicz by Carmela Negrete. This interview first appeared in German in junge Welt.
CN: The feminist collective "Dziewuchy Berlin" has warned of the precarious situation Polish women find themselves in, as the corona crisis has limited abortion access even more. What is the connection between the pandemic and abortion access?
HG: Around a thousand legal abortions take place in Poland every year. However, this option is only possible for a very limited number of cases, which is why it was common for many women to go abroad toward this end, for example, to Great Britain or Germany – while thousands of dangerous abortions that take place every year in criminalized, underground circumstances. However, now that the borders have been closed in the wake of the corona crisis, affected women have little chance to make decisions regarding their lives or bodies.
Poland creatively opposes abortion ban despite the lockdown
April 25th, 2020
Katarina Panić, Belgrad
Poland has been debating abortion in almost every election for decades. This time the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party, PiS misuses the coronavirus crisis to tighten what is already one of the most restrictive laws in Europe, despite significant public opposition.
So far, abortion was only allowed in the case of foetal abnormalities, rape, incest or a risk to the mother's health. Last week Polish lawmakers tried to ban termination in the case of congenital foetal malformation, the cause of the vast majority of legal abortions in the majority Catholic country.
As Poland defies 'European values,' women resist on streets and online
By Eliza Mackintosh, CNN
Wed April 22, 2020
(CNN)Marta Gorczynska got in her car and started driving.
She didn't have a destination as she passed through Warsaw's mostly deserted streets, but, just before noon last Tuesday, she got a text with directions: go to Rondo Dmowskiego.
Gorczynska, a human rights lawyer, was among a throng of protesters that used their vehicles to defy Poland's lockdown and block the main roundabout in the capital, honking their horns and shouting slogans against a citizen's bill to tighten what are already some of the most restrictive abortion laws anywhere in Europe.
Protesting Poles engage in drive for abortion rights
Joanna Plucinska, Reuters
April 14, 2020
WARSAW — Poles took to social media and their cars on Tuesday to oppose proposals set to be discussed in parliament this week to limit abortion rights and to criminalize sex education in conservative Poland.
As restrictions on movement to contain the novel coronavirus prevented street gatherings, protesters driving in their cars blocked off one of Warsaw’s main roundabouts, Rondo Dmowskiego.
The Next Battleground for Abortion Rights: Morocco
The North African country is emerging as a key battleground on abortion, with an increasingly assertive movement seeking a break with conservative laws.
By Alice Morrison
Sept 23 2019
It’s midnight and moonless as a group of women gathers outside the Ministry of Health in Rabat, Morocco. They have assembled to wage war on Morocco’s abortion laws, which prohibit abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in immediate danger. Their weapon of choice? Sanitary towels covered in fake blood and slogans they affix to the walls of the ministry.
“No uterus — no opinion.”
“My body, my rules.”
“Abortion for all — women decide.”
MOROCCO – Action at Ministry of Health by the Moroccan Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (MALI)
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 19, 2019
MALI is a feminist, universalist, secularist and pro-choice movement fighting for abortion rights. MALI held a protest action in Rabat in the evening of 24 April 2019. A French web TV station was there to film it as part of the 6th episode of a video series entitled “L’IVG c’est sacré” (Abortion, it’s sacred), made by a group of young women called Clit Revolution, who come from a number of different countries.
The MALI protest was against the failure of the parliament to reform the abortion law. They went at night to the Ministry of Health in Rabat, and put sanitary pads covered in slogans about abortion and with fake blood on the walls of the Ministry as a symbolic protest. The sanitary pads contained feminist messages such as: “My body, my rules,” “My vulva, my uterus, my decision,” and “The right to abort is a fundamental freedom.” A night guard took them down almost immediately but at least they were filmed first. There was also an interview with Betty Lachgar of MALI and comments from the group about the situation in other countries too.
The slogan of the protest was Mon Corps, Mes Règles (My Body, My Rules). (Règles means both menstruation and rules in French).
SOURCE: Morocco World News, by Margot Eliason, 1 May 2019 ; VIDEO by Clit Revolution, France TV, 16 May 2019 (contains some sexually explicit scenes in the first few minutes…)
South Korea's nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban
Women have continued to access abortion illegally in defiance of 65-year-old law
Benjamin Haas in Seoul
Sun 11 Nov 2018
Kim Soo-jin will never forget the disgusting taste of the pulpy green-brown traditional Korean brew she drank in the hopes of ending her pregnancy, or the night she spent in pain, curled into a ball and unable to move.
The recipe her roommate found on the internet was an attempt to sidestep South Korea’s 65-year ban on abortions, but in the end it did not work and Kim, a 21-year-old student at the time, was forced to go to a clinic a week later for an illegal surgical procedure.
How the so-called pro-life movements are attacking women
The city council of Verona has approved a motion supporting local anti-abortion associations, and has declared Verona "a city in favor of life".
Oct 17, 2018
Why this story matters:
"Constitutional democracy was not born out of rights, but out of promises. It was not created containing, for example, the right to divorce, the right to terminate a pregnancy, or equal rights and obligations between spouses, and civil unions. In short, when we denounce the assault on these freedoms, we must keep in mind that these were not granted to us by constitutional democracy, but it is constitutional democracy that gave us the opportunity to pursue them" -- writes political scientist Nadia Urbinati in "La Repubblica" this week.
This means that enjoying those rights necessarily implies a constant struggle to defend them, to never consider them acquired once and for all. There are two reasons for this. The first is that, by definition, freedom is never fully acquired. For example, the laws on divorce and abortion in Italy, despite having represented veritable social revolutions, are nevertheless compromises leaving ample room for improvement.
'I Came to Put My Body On the Line': Both Inside and Outside Hearing, Women Lead Fight Against Kavanaugh Confirmation
"Many citizens before me have fought for the equal rights of women. I can't be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away."
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Sep 4, 2018
As the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeded with its confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday—whose appointment Planned Parenthood has said "would determine the health and freedom of countless women's lives"— it was women both inside and outside the hearing who led the charge against Kavanaugh's ascension to the highest court in the land.
NARAL Pro-Choice America shared that its Missouri and Washington chapters' executive directors, Alison Dreith and Tiffany Hankins, were among the more than 30 protesters who were arrested for demonstrating inside the hearing room.