Weekly report of a young feminist #26: Several major events happened in the past few weeks which deserve a coverage. Most important news, Kamala Harris became the first Vice President elect, Poland is out of its mind with the regulations regarding interruptions and Slovakia’s parliament refused to harden the abortion law.
Good news for America
The 2020 presidential elections were tough. The whole world was waiting for the winner to be announced. More liberal voices were stating that the re-election of Donald Trump would presumably lead to the chaos, further polarization of citizens and the spread of hatred. Luckily, Joe Biden managed to beat Trump and more liberal or more democratic wing can be relieved. Apart from the victory of reasonable and pro-establishment candidate, Biden further changed “the game” by selecting a woman for his Vice President. Kamala Harris already experienced many political firsts in her career only because of her gender, origin, and skin colour.
She once stated that “Every office I’ve run for I was the first to win. First person of colour. First woman. First woman of colour. Every time.”. Thanks to her devotion and bravery, women with political desires in America finally acquired and idol. She not only legitimately won the office, but she has also broken the glass ceiling and women of all colours and origins might consider presidential seat as a real possibility for their future occupation. We might only hope that Harris’s example will not become an exception but will rather represent the beginning of a new era. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, women.
Solidarity with Polish women
We are aware of the lumping character of Jarosław Kaczyński and the Polish ruling party PiS who wish to invert Poland into extremely religious, pro-life and LGBTQ+ free country. The recent attempt to restrict access to terminations in Poland is behind bearable. The decision by the country’s constitutional tribunal promised to further tighten Poland’s abortion laws, which were already some of the strictest in Europe. However, Polish citizens refused to be silent and decided to fight for their rights. The situation in which Polish women are able to choose termination of their pregnancy only under three conditions is mockery of those who give life and raise the next generations. And to force women into giving birth to a foetus diagnosed with a serious and irreversible birth defect portrays Poland as negligent and discourteous country.
Women’s bodies are not everyone’s. Moreover, it’s not up to anyone to intervene in women’s decisions on behalf of other people or even religion. As yet the regulation is stopped. PiS finds itself in the tricky position since the surveys show that much of the party’s voter base does not support tighter abortion restrictions, which might be also visible on the streets of Warsaw. Marches are massive and protesters persistent. The rest of us should send our support and hope that the real justice prevails.
Safe abortions in Slovakia
Despite the strong notion of religion in Slovakia, the abortion law might be considered normal. Women have access to legal and safe interruption until 12 weeks of pregnancy and indeed, termination can be done in any situation when mother’s life is in danger. However, since religious, pro-life, anti-feminist voters have their representatives in the parliament as well, there are constant attempts for a change of the law. Incomprehensible fact about this situation is, that the spokesperson for the cause is a woman. Anna Záborská wishes to bring Slovakia few decades back when women’s sole purpose was to give birth and raise children. And any “masculine” role in the society should be left for men. On the other hand, Záborská is the one who states that Slovakia “stopped in the past century”. She thinks that every attempt to protect “life” is the step forward. Indeed, it is. However, those steps should be ensured through encouragement of pregnancy rather than restriction of women’s free will.
Luckily, Slovak parliament voted against the modification of the current abortion law and for now, nothing is changing. Anna Záborská plans to raise the proposal again after the period of six months, so women can be stressed out again. Even the surveys in Slovakia state that the majority of people don’t wish for the law to change and the numbers of interruptions are declining. We can at least hope that our representatives decide to start listening to the voices of those, who gave them their mandate.