‘Pro-choice’* Action, Stratford, East London, 9th May 2015

A religious anti-abortion group are planning a procession from their church to a nearby abortion clinic. We can’t let this go unchallenged – they might have a right to express their opinion, but they don’t have a god-given right to stand outside a clinic, peddle lies and intimidate and harass people. As well as making sure people can access the clinic safely, we want to do a lively action that makes a stand against the religious right-wing and their anti-women views that are dressed up as concern and counselling.

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Abortion is not just a ‘women’s’ issue. And not just about a woman’s individual ‘right’ or ‘choice’*, which is hard to come by in a capitalist system, especially for black and working class women who always bear the brunt of such policies – either by not being able to access abortions if they want one, or being forced to have one because the state doesn’t want them to reproduce, or having to have one because they can’t afford to have a baby. As communists/anarchists/socialists of various types, we should all recognise the importance of reproductive justice, linked as it is to capitalist production and control over working class bodies. We all have an interest in defending ourselves against the state and religious powers.

Abortion is a class issue!

All genders welcome!

Meet at the steam engine outside Stratford tube station 09:30am sharp! Look for people in Feminist Fightback red t-shirts who will then give further instructions…Bring pots and pans, music/noise-making stuff, pro-choice placards! ¡No pasarán!

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