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Our protests will continue until the law is withdrawn.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)
Our joint protests in the London Underground with the Spanish Women’s Assembly also appeared in the evening news last night by broadcaster La Sexta. Isabel Ros López, an active member of the Spanish Women’s Abortion Support Group (SWASG) in London in the 80s and Vicky Barambones, a current member of the new network Federica Montseny, are both interviewed in this news item. Go to minute 29.52 for the report.
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 We demand the antiabortion draft bill be withdrawn and that women be free to decide.
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.
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.
A member of the Women’s Assembly and rs21 protesting in the London tube against the Spanish antiabortion bill.
My Belly is Mine and the Spanish Women’s Assembly took a joint trip round some of the iconic tube stations in London. Iconic, in as much as they have the longest escalators. We started off at Holborn with a group photo:
We then headed into Holborn tube and from there visited Angel, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park and ended in Oxford Circus. At each station we did a couple of trips up and down the escalators to raise awareness of the antiabortion bill in Spain. More pictures to come. Keep an eye out too, because we might be at a station near you soon.
Amanda from My Belly is Mine with a message to London tube commuters: