To terminate a pregnancy does not seem to be a woman’s personal affair anymore. According to conservative hardliners*, her belly belongs to everyone! The event takes up the current debate and looks for solutions to the complex problem of self-determination and freedom of information.
What is the situation like with abortions in Saxony and with our neighbours? What vision and demands do we have? What is the image of women and families behind this? How does this fit together with the dwindling number of midwives or insufficiently financed day care centres?
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00 in the WIR AG (Martin-Luther-Str. 21, 01099 Dresden)
With Sarah Diehl (publicist et al.International Reproductive Rights of Women), Sarah Buddeberg (Equal Opportunities and Queer Policy Spokesperson of the Saxon Left Group) and a representative of e*vibes, Moderation: Susann Riske (Education Officer at the Special Office for Girls*Work and Gender Competence)
A joint event of the Bürger*innenbüro Sarah Buddeberg and the RLS Saxony
A small hint at all upcoming mobilisation events from alliance Pro Choice Sachsen. Tomorrow evening we invite you to participate the mobilisation talk concerning the march of anti-abortionists in Annaberg-Bucholz. Come to PlatzDa! (Wernerstraße 21, Dresden) 31.05. 19:30 pm.
Every year in Germany, Christian fundamentalist opposers of pregnancy terminations gather at demonstrations to go public with their worldview. These demonstrations take, for example, place in Berlin and Münster. Since 2010, there’s also a mobilisation for so-called silent marches in Annaberg-Buchholz. Those are directed against everyone’s right of self-determination – but predominantly against the self-determination of those who can get pregnant.
Until last year, the CDL (Christian-democrates for life) organised the marches. They are part of the CDU and their stated aim is to fully criminalise pregnancy terminations not only in Germany, buy around the world.
This March, the organiser of the silent march changed and now it is a group called “right to live Saxony” (Lebensrecht Sachsen) – a change that makes the event more open to those people who support the same reactionary ideas, but who don’t understand themselves as religious or are affiliated with other parties. In consequence, the march is now especially suitable for supporters of the AFD.
Racist prejudices and the fear of a decline in values are on a rise. Christian fundamentalists tie in with widespread sexist and homophobic oppinions and make the atmosphere even worse. With their events, they fuel prejudices and hate – which makes protests even more important.
We won’t let anyone tell us whether we should (not) have kids or how many kids we have to have.
We won’t let anyone tell us how our relationships should look like, how we live, love and die.
Those are our lives, our bodies, our decisions!
For emancipation and self-determination!
Raise your voice – your body, your choice!
Be loud and creative!
Turning the silent march into a disaster!
(opposite of hospital “Erzgebirgzklinikum”)
This saturday during the Hechtfest (festival of the Hechtviertel), we’re having a stall with cocktails (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and lots of information at the az conni from 4pm. It’s a solidarity stall for our protest in Annaberg-Buchholz and we want to use the money to pay parts of the upcoming legal costs and lawyers’ fees. The police accuses a group of activists of having violated the assembly law by presenting a banner 50m away from the fundementalists’ march. We’re also looking forward to chatting with you!
Reply from Feminist Fightback London: After we had wished them a successful action on May 19th, this answer fluttered into our letterbox:
We were very happy to receive your letter in solidarity with our action. The pro-choice action in Stratford, London against “Helpers of God’s Precious Infants” on Sat 9th of May 2015 was vibrant and loud. Feminist protestors –both from Feminist Fightback and other allies that came for the action- blocked the anti-choice religious group as they tried to march from a church to the abortion clinic. The action took place outside the church –with the intention of not interfering nearby the abortion clinic- and attracted passer-bys who stopped and engaged with us. The group ranged from women to children to male allies around colourful handcrafted banners. We made noise with pots and pans, whistles and the stereo that was playing punk songs as well as feminist classics. There was a brilliant moment where we sang along to Aretha Franklin’s Respect, summed up why we were there: RESPECT women’s choices! The feminist presence managed to delay the anti-choice group for over two hours until we were pushed back by the police (who escorted the procession), though the anti-choice demonstration only had ten minutes in front of the clinic. A great achievement!
We would also wish to express our solidarity with your action on the 1st of June in Annaberg-Buchholz in Germany. It is great to make connections with and be inspired by comrades working on similar issues elsewhere. Attempts by religious groups to make regressive demands in terms of reproductive rights and harassing women against making choices regarding their own bodies, are merely the last desperate acts of a dilapidated dogma. We will continue to engage in action to stand against fundamentalist religious attempts to control and dictate women’s lives. We very much appreciate engaging in on-going conversations with comrades around the world on this issue!
We look forward to hearing about your experience and in combining efforts to overcome the challenges to our reproductive rights!
The option to choose abortion is part of the human rights. In Germany since 1871 the §218 considers abortion a crime. The following paragraphs state the conditions that have to be met to legally carry out an abortion. One of those conditions is the so called „Zwangsberatung“, an obligatory counselling. This is opposing (queer) feminist demands for bodily autonomy. In addition abortion is still a taboo in societey. Womyn*, who have had an abortion, are still being stygmatized. Also increasingly loud voices coming from fundamentally christian groups as well as right wing groups are calling for a prohibition of abortion in general. So we think it’s time to put the discussions about abortion back on (queer)feminist agendas, to discuss old answers and to pose new questions!
We are happy to announce that Katja Krolzik-Matthei will be our guest in the cafém on May 17th. She will talk about her recently published book „§218 – Feministische Perspektiven auf die Abtreibungsdebatte in Deutschland“ (Unrast Verlag). After her talk there will be the opportunity to discuss the upcoming protests against the „Schweigemarsch“ of the CDL on June 1st in Annaberg-Buchholz (more information on: schweigemarsch-stoppen.de) . You can also purchase bustickets and we can talk about actions that could take place against the event.
As usual the cafém will open at 2pm. There will be a small brunch buffet and we are happy if people contribute and bring along some stuff (like cake or salads, or whatever vegan) Just hang out with us, read some zines or have a cup of coffee!
The event is organized in cooperation with the Stura of the TU Dresden.
cafém: 2 – 8pm
talk: 4 – 5.30pm
Information on the protest in Annaberg-Buchholz: 6pm Facebook
We want to do a short input about christian antifeminism and fundamentalism and discuss together about what it means to us individually, for our social life and our political struggles. Why do we even have to deal with christian fundamentalism and how can this work? We also want to focus on reproductional rights and analyse how they became one of the main battlefields of fundamentalist movements (s. „Schweigemärsche“). Annaberg-Buchholz is on the 1st of June, christian fundamentalism, unfortunately, is all the year…
P.S.: half of the talk will be in English and half in German
In the end we will give some information about the action planned in Annaberg-Buchholz.
On June 1st fundamentalist christians and other people want to march through Annaberg-Buchholz. They support the so called “pro life”-movement.
From now on you will be able to purchase tickets to go to Annaberg-Buchholz by bus at the book shop “König Kurt” at AZ Conni.
More information in English will follow soon.