Hanging Hangers on Hungerford Bridge

British pro-choice activists join international campaign against proposed Spanish anti-abortion law

Cristina addresses the crowd at the My Belly is Mine protest by Hungerford Bridge, Southbank on February 1st, 2014.

The 1st of February, trains departed from all over Spain carrying prochoice campaigners to Madrid. In London on the same day, the British prochoice activist group My Belly is Mine and its supporters travelled to Madrid ‘in spirit’ via a symbolic journey from Charing Cross Station to Waterloo East, and then met at 1pm on Hungerford Bridge. Supporters were encouraged to decorate coathangers, transforming them into symbols of protest which were then hung from Hungerford Bridge with a symbolic view over Houses of Parliament.

Over 250 people turned up, which is fantastic considering the My Belly is Mine campaign was founded less than a month ago. Speeches were made by Cristina Ríos founder of My Belly is Mine, Ann Rossiter from direct action feminist collective Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. and Lisa Hallgarten of Reproductive Health Matters.

On Saturday 8th February,  ‘bellyhangers’ (as these decorated hangers are known) will be taken to the Spanish Embassy and presented as a gift to his Excellency. More action is planned in the months to come in conjunction with protests in Spain.

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