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Morals in a pill

category italy / switzerland | gender | press release author Dienstag April 13, 2010 20:59author by Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici - FdCAauthor email internazionale at fdca dot it Report this post to the editors

FdCA statement on the abortion pill in Italy

With the Regional elections now over, the political coalitions continue to court the Vatican, offering the Catholic Church a breather from the tragic situation it finds itself in thanks to the scandal of paedophile priests. And given the fact that current policies are geared towards criminalizing foreigners or, in less extreme cases, reducing the numbers of foreigners in the various holding centres - which translates into big business for Catholic bodies - the only ace left up Italian politicians' collective sleeve in their attempt to curry favour with the Pope is to take it out on women. [Italian]
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Morals in a pill


With the Regional elections now over, the political coalitions continue to court the Vatican, offering the Catholic Church a breather from the tragic situation it finds itself in thanks to the scandal of paedophile priests. And given the fact that current policies are geared towards criminalizing foreigners or, in less extreme cases, reducing the numbers of foreigners in the various holding centres - which translates into big business for Catholic bodies - the only ace left up Italian politicians' collective sleeve in their attempt to curry favour with the Pope is to take it out on women.

Thus we see the Northern League threatening to block the use of the abortion pill mifepristone in the North's public hospitals and in other Regions, those governed by the Democratic Party with or without the christian-democratic Union of the Centre, embarassment rules the day.

And yet the history of Italy's abortion legislation, which many ignore, has shown time and time again that the best way to prevent abortions is to promote the widespread use of contraceptives, and not persuading women to keep a child they do not want, with threats or the promise of financial support. But many Regions already go towards financing private Catholic anti-abortion clinics, in open violation of the law on abortion.

Now, with the crusade against mifepristone, anti-abortionists are even going so far as to support the absurd notion that surgical abortions - when an embryo exists - are better than medical abortions - when the embryo still does not exist! As everyone knows by now, mifepristone allows for abortions within the first 7 weeks of gestation, that is to say at the very earliest stages of the cellular division of the fertilized oocyte.

And we are talking here about a validated pharmaceutical, approved by the Italian Medicines Agency, currently on the market. The Regions only have to buy it in order to be able to stock hospital pharmacies with it.

Considering that a medical abortion is less invasive than a surgical abortion and that the expense to the public is lower, given that fewer operators are required, there is no need for anaesthesia or risk of infection or post-surgical repercussions, it is clear that the sad figures who are opposing its use are really only interested in continuing to make the act of abortion itself as painful, humiliating and dangerous as possible, ensuring it remains under control as part of a surgical procedure instead of allowing women to freely and responsibly decide, and lighten the load to some degree on the increasingly fewer healthcare workers in the country's public hospitals.

The FdCA believes that the self-determination of all women is one of the bases of a solid, happy society. We therefore support every free, responsible decision, beyond any moral bigotry. We support the use and distribution of mifepristone, against the fundamentalist interference and hypocrisy of those who, as usual, try to use the freedom of women and men as a bargaining tool between the political powers and religious powers.

Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici

13 April 2010

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Clearly it is not enough, but against fundamentalist interference in the running of society and in order to increase the possibility for freedom, we must not allow ourselves to be limited to events such as this in order to go on creating initiatives or opportunities for public debate and struggle. We must win back our collective decision-making power and put an end to God and the State ruling our bodies and our lives.

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We will be taking part in the 24 November demonstration against violence on women as this is something that concerns not just women, even though it is women, of whatever sexual orientation, who need to defend themselves from it. They have to defend themselves from it when they are subjected to it, they have to defend themselves from it when it is used against them in order to restrict everyone's freedom... [ Italiano ]

text8th March - Self-determination of our freedom Mär 06 FdCA 0 comments

We are witnessing the preparations for a clear and determined attack on the freedom and self-determination of the women who live in this country, an attack which is aimed at several fronts but which has the sole objective of reducing the public voice and presence of women.

textReflections on the failure of the IVF referendum Jun 15 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 1 comments

Clearly it is not enough, but against fundamentalist interference in the running of society and in order to increase the possibility for freedom, we must not allow ourselves to be limited to events such as this in order to go on creating initiatives or opportunities for public debate and struggle. We must win back our collective decision-making power and put an end to God and the State ruling our bodies and our lives.

textYES! Law N°40 is a rip-off Mai 26 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 0 comments

It was written without taking into account the opinion of women and against the opinion of the experts, with no account taken at all of the extremely delicate technical problems related to it.

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