The Conspiracy Against Choice: Why abortion rights are under attack in Poland, Brazil and the USA
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About the Event
The rise of the international far-right goes hand-in-hand with attacks on abortion rights. Nowhere is this more clear than in Poland, where last month Kaczyński’s PiS party effectively banned all abortions – resulting in he biggest protests since the 1980s, which are still going on. In Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil, abortion rights have also been restricted, and access has been deliberately hindered – a few months ago, a 10-year old was refused an abortion after she was raped by her uncle.
And then there is the USA, where “Pro-Life” groups have had close links with leading politicians and judges for decades. Many States have passed laws restricting abortion and after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg there are real fears of a national abortion ban.
Far-right anti-abortion groups are working together. Only a few weeks ago, government representatives from over 30 countries, including the USA, Brazil and Poland signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which promoted the family as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society” and reaffirmed that “there is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion“.
Why do right-wingers want to control women*’s bodies? How are they networking on an international level, and where does the money come from? Will the election of Joe Biden be enough to stem the tide? How can we build an international movement to stop them? The LINKE Berlin Internationals are organising an online meeting on Wednesday, 2nd December to try to address these questions and more.
Alicja Flisak is active with Die LINKE and the Polish group Dziewuchy Berlin
Debora Thomé is a Brazilian feminist, an associated researcher at LabGen UFF, political scientist, writer and activist (in pro-abortion rights and women's representation in politics).
Taylor Storey grew up in the religious right, homeschooled k-12, two fundamentalist universities and on staff at 3 churches before he realized much of the stated goals of love, joy and peace were not being accomplished.
The meeting will be chaired by Kristina Hinz (researcher, policy advisor and Rosa Luxemburg fellow)
(picture: "we know everything about women" by Marta Frej)
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