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.
The abortion debate in Poland heats up again with newly proposed bill
January 22, 2018
By Karolina Chorvath
Last week across Poland, thousands of women took to the streets in the Déjà Vu Strajk Kobiet, or, Déjà Vu of the 2016 Polish Women's Strike.
In October 2016, Polish women stood in the pouring rain and freezing temperatures to protest a proposed bill that would ban abortion in the staunchly Catholic country. Ostensibly in response to international pressure, days later, the Polish government rejected the legislation.
Hundreds of Poles protest against proposed abortion restrictions
January 13, 2018
WARSAW (Reuters) - Hundreds of Poles gathered in front of the parliament building in Warsaw on Saturday evening to protest against proposals for tight restrictions on abortion debated by lawmakers this week.
On Wednesday the lower house decided to take up work on a bill that would ban abortions in the case of irreversible damage to the foetus, removing the main legal recourse Polish women have to obtain a termination.
Brazil’s Congress to Vote on Abortion Ban
Brazilians March Against Proposed Amendment
Nov 15, 2017
Erika Kokay was the only member in a special committee of Brazil’s congress to vote against a constitutional amendment last week banning abortion under all circumstances. Eighteen fellow deputies, all men, voted in favor. They celebrated by chanting, “Yes to life, no to abortion!” The amendment, if enacted, would ban abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, or when the life of the woman is in danger.
Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/11/15/brazils-congress-vote-abortion-ban
Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre
By Emma Grafton-Williams
Published: 16 June 2017
Graphic images of aborted foetuses shocked passers by in a busy shopping centre this afternoon.
The image boards were displayed in Rose Lane in Canterbury by campaign group Abort67 - whose members say they are trying to educate the public to make abortion "unthinkable" and to see the law "give full protection to the unborn."
Continued at source: Kent Online: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/anti-abortion-campaign-shocks-passers-by-127385/
Abortion debate divides city road
MAR 20 2017, Cass Mason
For the duration of Lent, two groups of people are spending their days outside the Auckland Medical Aid Centre: those who want to see abortion banned in New Zealand, and those who want it made legal
Every day for 40 days in the lead-up to Easter, two sides of a fraught debate stand dutifully on opposite sides of Dominion Rd.
Each watches the other warily. Those for choice are louder, more colourful; they cheer when cars sound their horns. Across the way, volunteers mutter prayers and engage largely with the pavement.
Continued at source: Newsroom: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/03/19/15831/the-division-on-dominion-rd