When abortion is violence

A large number of abortions can be explained by the irresponsibility and 'running away' of men. "For whose pleasure am I aborting?" wondered Carla Lonzi. But this male violence is never mentioned and women continue to be blamed. As the ProVita do with their proposal to force them to listen to the fetus' heartbeat
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Admittedly, to the Hon. Maria Rachele Ruiu by ProVita I said with the utmost frankness that Forcing a woman who wants an abortion to listen to the fetus' heartbeat is not an admissible proposal. This is a nonsensical idea, sadistic, punitive and probably unconstitutional which would probably only have the effect of encouraging clandestine abortion. Perhaps the proposal will never be discussed and will remain mere propaganda. Bad propaganda however.

Once again women in the crosshairs, fiercely guilty. True, in matters of procreation, the last word can only rest with them, unless one thinks one can force them to conduct the pregnancy with some means of restraint (Keep them in a cell? Tie them to the bed until they give birth?). However, it is also true that there are many external factors that weigh in the decision to abort, first among these factors the position of man with which the woman conceived.

When it comes to abortion, however, men regularly disappear from the scene, just as they often disappear from women's lives. But an empirical survey would probably find that in perhaps half the cases, probably more, women abort because they do not have a man next to them who is willing to become a father and cannot afford to raise a child on their own. Most men have a convenient idea of abortionjust a little intervention, a nuisance that avoids much more trouble. The RU486 -an abortifacient pill- has reinforced this belief: you throw it down like an anti-inflammatory and the pregnancy magically disappears. But men are never brought into the picture. Not even by ProVita.

"For whose pleasure am I aborting?' she wondered Carla Lonzi.

A woman who finds herself forced to terminate her pregnancy because of the procreative irresponsibility of a man is suffering violence. E' violence that is never spoken of, which is concealed even by women and never appears in the multifaceted list of male violence. But it is now that this silence is broken, also and not only from the pro-life front.

That the number of abortions decreases is a worthy goal: the less pain the better. But fighting for this goal cannot mean fighting against women. Any move in this direction should rather be understood as support and proximity to women and not as judgement and punishment: in this key the good work of the Milanese CAV of Paola Bonzi, appreciated even by political opponents, even by radicals who welcomed the awarding of the Ambrogino d'Oro.

It is therefore time for this misunderstood male violence to be named. Including the economic violenceFor the same job a woman still earns less than a man, on average 8,000 euro per year in the private sector, not to mention career breaks until she loses her job. This also makes it very difficult to make it on your own and keep the child if you want to.

To be credible in political work on abortion, these violations must be named.

MARINA TERRAGNI


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