MBIM Actions

Festival of Choice

My Belly is Mine is very proud to be a co-organizer of the Festival of Choice in London from Tuesday 23rd of September till Sunday 28th, which is the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion.

The Festival of Choice aims to raise awareness of threats to reproductive rights and the plight of women and girls in countries around the world who do not have access to safe and legal abortion. The Festival also wishes to celebrate the solidarity and activism of women and girls and to strengthen and support the prochoice message, locally and globally.

The Festival is jointly organised by Amnesty International, Central America Women’s Network, HYSTERIA, Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A and the 15M Spanish Women’s Assembly.

We have a wonderful programme of events, including a discussion on the impact of banning abortion, spoken word, art, performance, film screening etc.

The Festival will end with the signing of a joint manifesto by the participating organisations.

We look forward to seeing you at the events!

WATCH: Protest at the Irish Embassy

Here’s the video of the demo organised at the Irish Embassy in London on Wednesday 20th of August to protest against the treatment of Migrant X at the hands of the Irish state. The protest was co-organized by Abortion Rights, Abortion Rights East London, Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., the London Irish Feminist Network, 4o Days of Choice and My Belly is Mine.

Cristina from My Belly is Mine, speaking at the protest

Cristina from My Belly is Mine, speaking at the protest

The video features a special performance by Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A in which My Belly is Mine members were proud to participate. Please share widely.

Migrant X is Not a Vessel: My Belly is Mine at the Irish Embassy

My Belly is Mine attended the protest yesterday evening outside the Irish Embassy in London. The protest was co-organized by Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. and Abortion Rights East London to demonstrate against the barbaric treatment at the hands of the Irish Government of the woman known as Migrant X, a non-Irish citizen who was pregnant as a consequence of rape. According to reports, the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons,  sought an abortion early this summer under a clause in the new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, saying that she was suicidal.

The case was referred to a panel of three experts — an obstetrician and two psychiatrists. The psychiatrists determined that Migrant X had suicidal thoughts, but the obstetrician overruled their decision by stating the pregnancy was viable. The unnamed woman, who is only 18, went on hunger strike and was eventually forced to give birth via a caesarean section.

My Belly is Mine attended in solidarity with the women of Ireland and performed alongside activists Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A.

Speakers at the protest included: Jo Tacon from Abortion Rights East London, Mara Clarke from Abortion Support Network, Ann Rossiter from Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., Mairead Enright from Lawyers for Choice, and Cristina Ríos from My Belly is Mine. Cristina spoke of the cooperation between Irish and Spanish prochoice activists in London historically and at present. Indeed, there was a strong presence of Spanish women in the crowd, mostly from the Spanish Women’s Assembly.

My Belly is Mine has signed the statement by Reproductive Health Matters, calling on the Irish Government to repeal the 8th Amendment and to replace the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act with a law that prioritises women’s health and rights.

Here are some photos by Luca Neve and by Heather Blockey of the protest. More photos and a video to come.

Our Summer Campaign Continues…

Yesterday, we protested in central London once more against the barbaric antiabortion law proposed by the Spanish government. The action was jointly organized by My Belly is Mine, the Spanish Women’s Assembly and Irish prochoice activists Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. and took place beside one of London’s most iconic bridges, Tower Bridge, opposite the Tower of London.

Yesterday’s action is the fourth co-organized by Spanish, Irish and British activists as part of an intense summer campaign to protest against the Spanish antiabortion draft bill from London. Previously, we protested during the British Spanish Society’s summer reception at the Spanish Embassy in Belgravia, on the 27th of June  -again in front of the Spanish Embassy, and in the London Underground.

Our protests will continue until the law is withdrawn.

Photography: Elisa and Andrea (Spanish Women’s Assembly)

Nuestra campaña de verano continúa…

Ayer protestamos de nuevo en pleno centro de Londres contra el anteproyecto de Gallardón. La protesta, realizada conjuntamente por la Asamblea de mujeres del 15M de Londres, las activistas irlandesas Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. y My Belly is Mine, se desarrolló al lado de uno de los puentes más emblemáticos de la ciudad, el Puente de la Torre (Tower Bridge), un puente levadizo que cruza el río Támesis y que se sitúa cerca de la Torre de Londres, la que le da su nombre.

Esta cuarta acción es la última de una intensa campaña veraniega organizada conjuntamente por activistas españolas, irlandesas y británicas para protestar en contra de la ley Gallardón desde la capital británica. Previamente nos manifestamos ante la embajada española en Londres durante la fiesta de la Asociación hispano-británica, el 27 de junio, y en el metro de Londres.

Las protestas continuarán hasta la retirada del anteproyecto.

Fotografías: Elisa y Andrea (Asamblea de mujeres)

London Underground Protest Video: Free to Decide

Here’s the video for the joint protest organised by My Belly is Mine and the Spanish Women’s Assembly on the 3rd and 4th of July to coincide with an antichoice conference hosted in Madrid. We demand the antiabortion draft bill be withdrawn and that women be free to decide.

Thanks to David from 15M London Assembly for such a great job with the filming!

 

More Photos from our London Underground Protests

Here’s a further selection of photographs from the joint protest between My Belly is Mine and the Spanish Women’s Assembly against the Spanish antiabortion law.

The protests were on the 3rd and 4th of July, to coincide with the antichoice conference that was taking place in Madrid those same days. The photographer is Rocío, from the Spanish Women’s Assembly.

My Belly is Mine in the Spanish news

My Belly is Mine and the Spanish Women’s Assembly organised two protests to coincide with the antichoice conference that took place in Madrid last week. These protests have been picked up by a number of online news sites, including Publico.es. You can find their report here.

 

A member of the Women's Assembly and rs21 protesting in the London tube against the Spanish antiabortion bill.

A member of the Women’s Assembly and rs21 protesting in the London tube against the Spanish antiabortion bill.

Online reports of our London underground protests

We are pleased to report that our recent London Underground protests with the Spanish Women’s Assembly against the Spanish abortion law were picked up by various websites and circulated widely on social media.

London Underground Protest

London Underground Protest

  • We also featured in the Abortion Rights Campaign monthly roundup. You should check out their fabulous campaign while you are at it.

  • rs21 wrote a short article on the protests, which some of their members participated in. We are grateful for their participation.

 

London Underground Protest II (Friday 4th of July)

Here are some pictures from our second London Underground protest, organised in conjunction with the Spanish Women’s Assembly. We protested on both the 3rd and 4th of July to coincide with the antichoice conference taking place in Madrid during those days.