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Who are you, a pregnant woman or a foetus container? Against the so-called “March for Life” in Berlin!

Published on Sep 10, 2015 Tags: , ,
Again, the “Federal Association Pro Life” (Bundesverband Lebensrecht, BVL) mobilizes for a “March for Life” in Berlin on September 19, 2015. This march is one of the most important public appearances of the self-declared “life protectors” and links a broad reactionary, antifeminist and fundamentalist movement which is continuously manifesting itself in the framework of this annual demonstration. Especially affected by BVL’s demand for a general prohibition of terminations of pregnancy are women, trans- and inter-persons. The BVL wants to further restrict their possibilities to decide whether or not they want a pregnancy. The anti-abortionists shall not be allowed to calmly spread their anti-feminist and reactionary ideas - therefore we call for the demonstration against the “March for Life” on September 19, 11 a.m. at S‐Bahn Anhalter Bahnhof!

Differently from the general perception, an abortion is also in Germany considered, according to § 218 penal code, to be a criminal act which is exempted from punishment only under specific preconditions. Whoever wants to have an abortion is obliged to get advice by an office recognized by the State and to wait for three days afterwards, before the operation can take place. This regulation means a women’s incapacitation established by the State who are not allowed to decide for themselves on their body and their life planning.

As syndicalists, we want to tear down hierarchies and power relations, including such which are disadvantaging women*. The self-determination of one’s own body is a human right. No woman* is free who is not allowed to decide for herself what is best for herself and her family, and who is not allowed to consciously decide whether or not she wants to give birth to a child. We advocate the right to a freely accessible, secure and legal abortion for all persons, without ifs nor buts.

Therefore, we support the call for demonstration against the “March for Life” on September 19, 2015!

Demonstration: Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. at S‐Bahn Anhalter Bahnhof

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