Here at feminaust we like talking about reproductive rights and through that, about abortion. Not because we’re crazy abortion-enthusiasts or anything… although we might be, but because for us, access to free, safe and judgementless terminations is an absolute must for equality, health and justice for women. TODAY, is World Contraception Day and in celebration we’re here to talk to you about your rights, the ones you have and the ones you might lose when contraception doesn’t work, you have a slip up, forget, don’t care coz he’s just so damn sexy, experience violence or don’t really know what happened but suddenly something’s happening in your life that you’re not prepared for…. in the form of an unplanned pregnancy. We’ve all been there or know someone who has and we all have the right to shout and most importantly to DANCE for our rights.
Reproductive Choice Australia is throwing a flashmob!
On Sunday 30 September 2012 at 11:00am sharp (that’s this weekend feminausts!), women and men – wearing t-shirts with the message “Abortion is a Fact of Life, Let’s End the Stigma“ – will dance in support of women and against abortion shame.
Check out the Flashmob dance here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzyRs1jcD9A&feature=plcp
The flashmob is timed to coincide with the National Campaign to Decriminalise Abortion. While it’s in Melbourne, we are hoping that it will inspire other state and countries to follow suit, much as Slutwalk spread from Canada across the world.
The Flashmob is the official launch of the NATIONAL Pledge Campaign. Like the White Ribbon Campaign, it will be asking men and women to pledge never to shame women around abortion, or be silent if others do. This is a timely issue, especially in light of the recent approval of RU486 in Australia.
And people are talking about it. Over on Settle Petal, Simone de Beaver is particularly het up about abortion stigma and more power to her. Stigma and shame is the biggest reason that women don’t talk about their abortions and if we’re not talking about them, then we can’t demand their continued availability in our lives for ourselves, our daughters, our sisters and our friends.
So, if you’re in Melbourne on Sunday, we’d like to see you DANCING for your rights and if you’re not, get in touch with Reproductive Choice Australia and find out how you can get a flashmob happening in your part of the world.