September 28: Actions Around the World For Safe, Legal Abortion

September 28 is an International Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. It’s origin comes from Latin America and the Caribbean where women’s groups have been mobilizing around September 28 the last two decades to demand their governments to decriminalize abortion, to provide access to safe and affordable abortion services and to end stigma and discrimination towards women who choose to have an abortion. This day was marked as an international day starting in 2011 so that the world could act in solidarity with the women rising up in regions of South America. Now it is a global day of action to demand Safe Abortion Everywhere.

This day was marked by mass vibrant Green Outpourings in Peru & Mexico.There was singing in the streets in Barcelona, Spain and in Bogota, Colombia, where there was a mass march with plenty of rejoicing. They finally decriminalzed abortion in March of this year (2022), but still fight for less restrictions and for safe abortion globally. In the video (linked below), they are singing the resistance song Cancion Sin Miedo.

Lima, Peru

 

Mexico

 

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Barcelona, Spain

Bogota, Colombia

In Sweden, dozens gathered in Stockholm. And in Germany, a coalition of pro choice activists have been marking the day since 2019, and this year people in more than 50 cities took action for International Safe Abortion Day. Here is a thread of pictures from Hamburg.

Stockholm, Sweden photo from organizer @graciela_ch_

 

 

Hamburg, Germany

 

Italy just elected the first female Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, who mimics the Trump/ Pence maga “pro-lifers” in this country. Italian women and men marched in record numbers after this fascist victory on International Safe Abortion Day.

 

 

More than 1,000 Hungarians protested on this day against a change in abortion rules that took effect on Sept. 15, which women’s rights groups say would “humiliate” and torment women while having no effect on the number of abortions. Women now need to listen to the ”heartbeat” and provide proof of doing so before you can get the abortion, which is already limited to cases of rape, risks to the woman’s health from the pregnancy, a severe disability of the fetus or in case of a serious personal crisis. 

 

This year, International Safe Abortion Day was marked in San Salvador, El Salvador by feminist demonstrators placing candles on a memorial for Beatriz, a woman who died during complications while pregnant for being denied an abortion (video below). 

 

With the recent uprising in Iran we were also reminded of the power the people have when they unite and refuse to be bound by tradition’s chains. Many cities brought the two struggles together: As we stand with and salute the courage of women and others rising up in Iran, let us spread the same spirit of courage and resistance to patriarchal state control throughout this country and beyond.

 

When Women Are Not Free No One is Free!

 

In the U.S., while some pro-choice groups spent the day fundraising or doing online programs, Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights mobilzed in the streets to manifest #Green4Abortion in solidarity with women around the world and demand for Legal Abortion On Demand & Without Apology Everywhere! This was more important now more than ever with the recent ripping away of legal abortion for millions of women in this country. 

 

From our call to act for Sept 28:

This DECISION is ILLEGITIMATE.

Forced Motherhood = Female Enslavement.

This must never be accepted. It must be relentlessly resisted, repudiated and reversed!

El Salvador

Chicago

Chicago had rich rally and program followed by a march with a statement on #28s saying that in many cases, cities in the US are joining internationally for the first time.

 

“… We are here today because we believe that as citizens we MUST speak up, we must declare publicly our non-conformity to the acts of violence, to the erasing of our rights, as I have said it before, we are here because putting women in danger when they are denied access to safe abortion is an illegitimate law.”

-Patricia Wallin, Chicago

 

Listen to more of her speech here

Organizers with Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights spread the green wave from Waikiki, to Boston and Philadelphia …

UC Berkeley

 

…to the Bay Area, who had 8 actions throughout the day including UC Berkeley students who carried out a die-in to show everyone what happens when abortion is illegal: it doesn’t eliminate abortions, it makes them unsafe and deadly. The activists were joined by a few students who were moved to take part and stand together with women across the world on this day. Together we raised our uncompromising demand: LEGAL ABORTION NATIONWIDE NOW!

We organized in states with trigger bans like Ohio; with a protest in Cleveland spreading the green wave, and a banner drop in Cincinnati which made a lot of noise in support of Abortion Rights during morning rush hour traffic. 

 

In Atlanta, Georgia, where a fetal personhood act recently passed, activists went to the Neil Degrasse Tyson event to spread the green wave to other science loving humans. 

 

Seattle

Seattle raised the green bandana and overtook the anti-abortion “40 Days for Life” goons who were preying on the Lynnwood Planned Parenthood clinic.

Austin, TX

 

Texas

In Texas, organizers held a banner drop in Houston and spread the green wave protest in Tyler, TX (Dallas area) which garnered support from passersby.

 

A vigil for safe aboriton at a previous Planned Parenthood clinic (now shut down) in Austin that dramatically brought the sorrow and loss we all feel to life.

above and below Photo by SARA DIGGINS/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

 

 

 

On this International Safe Abortion Day, we want to express solidarity with the fight for abortion rights in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. And we also want to acknowledge and cherish the global feminists’ solidarity with us in the U.S. after losing a right we had for 50 years.”

@tx4abortion

Los Angeles activist from the #Riverside8 speaks on their legal case.

 

NYC

 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles RU4AR marched through the Arts District in downtown across the 6th St Bridge to do a banner drop over the busy 101 freeway with the slogan “No Going Back – No Surrender! Legal Abortion Nationwide Now!”.

NYC

Coverage from Newspoint wrote:

International Safe Abortion Day began in Latin America in 1990 as a day of action for the decriminalization of abortion. The protestors at Union Square in NYC honored the day’s legacy in their speeches.

 “We stand with our sisters in Colombia, in Argentina, and Mexico who rose up in a green wave and made [abortion] legal in these majority Catholic countries,” protestors said. “There’s no damn reason we can’t do that here.”

The protestors also chanted in support of women in Iran. “We stand with the women in Iran who are throwing off the hijab. We need to do the same thing here – mass defiance in the streets.”

 

The overturning of Roe meant a set back taking away 50 years of national legal abortion precedent in the U.S. and has ripple effects throughout the world that was mourned by many internationally. 

We received these statements of solidarity from activists from Poland, in the UK, and in India on the overturning of Roe.

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom

 

India

 

 

Leading up to the day Rise Up worked with activists from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and El Salvador, deepening our connections through gathering statements of support, advice, and updates on what it’s like in their countries. Acting with others around the world on this day shows just how linked we all are, and despite the legal status of abortion being different around the world, there is a desire and a fight to be waged for safe legal abortion EVERWHERE! 

 

In El Salvador, women are living under some of the strictest abortion laws in the world and being imprisined for miscarriages. Teodora Vazquez sent a statement (linked below) to Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights as part of our initiative to share stories from around the world. She was accused of having an abortion, imprisoned right after her miscarriage, and sentanced to 30 years. She was released after serving 10, 5 years ago. 

 

An activist in El Salvador sent this video (video below) of support to the U.S. stating:

 “…we consider it is very serious to go backwards in terms of reproductive rights. It is essential to make visible the obstacles generated by the total prohibition of abortion. We stand in solidarity with all the women who fight. We fight for our right to health to be guaranteed in our lives. We fight for the right to legal abortion to be guaranteed. It is important that we UNITE to denounce the setbacks, and above all, to advance in this fight for freedom and reproductive justice.”

 

Friends of ours in Colombia sent this video (video below) to women in the U.S. saying the green wave doesn’t have borders, the fight in the U.S. is their fight as well! 

 

A friend in Argentina, who was part of leading their national campaign that waged a fight for years to finally decriminalize abortion in 2018, sent this (video below).

“…We women suffer multiple discrimination, we suffer violence and we suffer multiple inequalities, depending on where we are born, depending on our skin color, depending on how old we are and also depending on whether or not we decide to have children or how many children we decide to have.

In this sense, we continue to insist that it is the state and the justice system that must guarantee the basic human rights of women, including the right to decide, because forced motherhood is torture. We keep fighting, and as our triple motto says, we keep insisting, ‘sexual education to decide, Contraceptive access so that abortion can be a last resort, and legal abortion so that they don’t have to die.’ We are with you!”

El Salvador

 

We must continue to bring the reality of what this attack on abortion is all about: controlling women’s bodies, lives, and destinies. Forced motherhood is female enslavement. Be part of calling forward a powerful green wave in the U.S. taking inspiration from and standing in solidarity with our sisters in Latin America. Join the fight to demand Legal Abortion On Demand And Without Apology Nationwide Now!

Argentina

 

El Salvador

 

Colombia