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Shout for the constitutional right to abortion, for the vital necessity: “We will not return!”

During those New York months, when the bug changed the city’s socialization patterns, already complex in themselves, I fell in love with audio soap operas. And so I walked down Fifth Avenue on Monday from the beautiful New York Public Library building on 42nd Street, listening to Virginia Woolf’s Room of My Own, just after I stopped to admire the cane the writer was using and the way that appeared on the day of her suicide, in 1941, in the River Ouse, and some fragments of the manuscript of her famous novel Mrs. Dalloway are among the collection of items, genuine treasures, that the library is exhibiting these months in its Treasures exhibition.

In an essay published in 1929, which combines the author’s lectures at two British universities and reflects on women and writing, Woolf deplores the hardships that people throughout history have faced with offensive modernity. my gender to explore my literary talents and find my own voice register in literature. Difficulties associated with lack of resources and economic independence; to the lack of an intimate space from which one could write; to the meager possibility of accumulating life experiences, which are then fixed on paper; to the impossibility of depicting oneself, except through the gaze of a person; to the absence of female role models and, of course, to the inability to get rid of normative motherhood, which has always forced women to understand themselves primarily as a wife and mother, preventing them from deciding whether one or the other should be his main purpose or even how, in at what pace and in what dose to combine the various purposes that he had. The author also regrets, and it disturbed me greatly, that the hatred and rage of a woman for injustice in her flesh deprived many of those few who, in spite of everything, dared to connect their destinies with a pen with a serene voice, without prejudices and, above all, with a wide palette of topics, which allowed his work to go beyond his personal drama and cover a rich spectrum of knowledge and the human psyche.

I had these thoughts when I went to bed on a Monday only to wake up on a Tuesday with an unusual amount of whatsapp on my cell phone. Europe is ahead, so waking up to a series of messages (I commented the other day on a compatriot with whom I live next door) is a common thing. But that morning… Lina, Dorothy, Stefano… and many others… it was not normal! These were messages of concern from those who know to what I dedicate my academic research and, in a sense, my life; messages from those who dedicate them to the same or a similar company. The press has already responded, and Europe has started talking about it. The draft judgment, which came from the pen of Judge Alito and was to form the basis of the Roe v. Wade case, was leaked to the newspaper Politico, a judgment that almost fifty years ago, in 1973, recognized that the right to a woman’s freedom to decide until the moment fetal viability, whether they want to be mothers or choose to terminate the pregnancy.

“Got to do something, right?” – Stephanie told me in one of the messages, meaning, probably, to write something about this. “Certainly!” I replied. “Now I’m looking for a place where I can shout on the street, preferably in a company.” I have been writing for some time, including on the pages of this newspaper, about this, predicting the worst. It was a day to shout, not to write. And soon I learned that the call would be at 5:00 pm in Foley Square in lower Manhattan.

I went there and there I screamed at will, because, to my surprise, in the center of the crowd a group of witty protesters (one of whom was dressed as a vagina, led the operation) decided to find the “main screaming point” so that those who , could relieve their lungs at the sight of the five judges who seemed to be passing the death sentence on Rowe, with banners depicting their huge heads. Five judges, four men and only one woman, three of whom are appointed by Trump, sparing no subterfuge; two of them with serious allegations or a proven history of sexual abuse… four men who would never see themselves in an unwanted pregnancy situation were about to deal the death blow to the one who, along with Brown opposed. The Board of Education (the ruling on the abolition of racial segregation) is perhaps the most famous Supreme Court in history and thus determines the fate of millions of women in the country. Of course, there were reasons to scream.

There are those who think just the opposite: that the leak will mainly serve to soften the last blow, so that when the long-awaited verdict arrives in a few weeks, the public will take it with more humility.

At present, the political nervousness reflected in the press appears to be largely caused by the leak itself, as it represents an unprecedented event in the history of the Court. There are those who believe that the leak is intended to provoke a public outcry that imposes a more moderate position than that expressed in the leaked text and forces the President of the Court, Judge Robertson, also a Conservative but with more moderate tendencies , to be able to convince some of the five colleagues, so that without the need to break precedent, an argument is reached that, however, preserves the constitutionality of the contested law: the Mississippi law, which limits the right to abortion to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, except for medical reasons (and all, without exception, related to pregnancy resulting from rape!), thereby reducing the period of approximately 23 weeks in which the viability of the fetus outside the uterus. There are also those who think just the opposite: that in order to show independence and strength, the conservative position will now have no choice but to unite around the theses that have already come to light and that, in fact, the leaks fundamentally serve to soften the last blow in order to when, in a few weeks, the long-awaited verdict was pronounced, the citizens accepted it with greater humility. The chairman of the court, of course, knows that, be that as it may, such an incident increases the discredit of an institution that is already at the lowest level of popularity, and promises a thorough investigation to identify the perpetrator.

If Row fell, each state would be free to regulate the matter; it is expected that 25 states will completely abolish or seriously tighten the possibility of abortion.

But our cries in Manhattan’s Foley Square on Tuesday afternoon, and during the many demonstrations that took place that day in other parts of the country, were mostly about content. And I would say that the banners, proclamations, songs and speeches that activists and members of the local administration made there went in two directions. On the one hand, there was a fear of what this proposal could actually mean. If Row fell, each state would be free to regulate the matter; it is assumed that 25 states will completely abolish or seriously tighten the possibility of abortion; and the current scenario worsens, whereby the brunt of restrictions invariably falls on the most vulnerable population, the poor, illegal immigrants, teenagers, black women, who are the most difficult to move to the few centers remain open in conservative states, and after they were closed , they would have to travel even longer distances to reach neighboring states in order to be able to interrupt. For this reason, some of the banners read “Abortion is a social justice issue” or “Reproductive justice is a class war” and many voices from the stage called for the city and Democratic New York State to stand in solidarity with the sisters. in the south and in the center of the country, offering a safe harbor to those who need it and encouraging them to donate and feed the ranks of volunteers among the participants.

However, many of the banners and voices did not seem so intended for the practical consequences of a possible sentence, perhaps because the anti-abortion drug, which exists now but did not exist in Rowe’s time, opens the way for illegal but difficult to control human trafficking. women who, from anywhere in the country, want to safely have an abortion at home by making hangers that their mothers and grandmothers used for clandestine and dangerous home abortions, and which some protesters memorized on their posters with expressions of disapproval and drops of blood, a symbol that is difficult to replicate in present. Perhaps because the reality of the country is already characterized by huge regional disparities in terms of access to abortion, thanks to laws that have not repealed it but have progressively made it harder to access it.

Many of the banners and cries belonged to the symbolic register and alluded to the autonomy and freedom of women. “My body, my decision”; “I am a man, not a womb”; “Get your hands off my body”; “Get your rosary out of my ovaries”; “If I wanted a government son, I would fuck a senator”; “Respect the decision of women! How the hell is this hard to understand? “The hardest decision a woman has to make is not up to you; “Wanting sex is not the same as wanting pregnancy; wishing for pregnancy is not the same as wishing to carry it out under any circumstances “… but also “I will have less rights than my mother”; “I survived an illegal abortion in Birmingham, Alabama in 1969”; “Only the struggle contributed to the conquest of women’s rights”; “Women, get up!”; “Back, never!” And as I read and shouted some legends to the chorus of the masses, I imagined that somewhere, hovering above the stage, the spirit of Virginia Woolf was looking at us and lamenting that after so much time a man was still determined to mark his fate to women, and that women have to fight the same battles over and over again, never having a chance to rest on the soft robe of conquest woven with the blood of their predecessors to widen the palette of their concerns. in all corners of knowledge, art and science. I yelled instead of advancing my investigation. Because a second seemed like a luxury that day that either could wait or was irrelevant; First, a vital necessity.

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