Picket lines of women formed Thursday in front of the hospitals of various cities, from Florence to Sicily, to Lecce, to Brindisi for the International day for Safe Abortion. This initiative was launched by the Argentine feminist movement “Ni Una Menos” [Not One Less] worldwide.
In Rome, the “Ni Una Menos” Committee has organized, in addition to a morning picket line in front of the hospital Policlinico Umberto I — always against the many opposing OB/GYN and for the use of the abortive pill RU486 — even a procession. Or rather, a sit-in in the Esquilino Square that in the evening turned into a small procession to Piazza Vittorio — tolerated by the police.
Signs and drums accompanied the Roman demonstration that, in addition to the freedom of choice regarding voluntary interruption of pregnancy, has been characterized by a more comprehensive claim on the female body. And so “against all the safety responses that the various authorities in Rome want to propose as anti-rape solutions,” explains Sara, a member of the horse-riding military in the parks, to the vademecum published by the newspaper Il Messaggero. A specific sit-in protest was already organized against it last week. Sara adds: “They want to blame women, for the way they dress, and immigrants, hiding the fact that 80 percent of sexual violence is happening in the domicile.”