They are there, sometimes right in front of our eyes.
They are there, sometimes right in front of our eyes. For some, the growing belly is today pulling away the bruised flesh of yesterday. For others, « being a mother » is a mission guided by faith or traded by the state. Some have to brave fear and shame, others, hunted down, risk prison for having chosen to have an abortion. Teenager or adult, same fight.
From Brussels to Manila, from San Salvador to Soubré, « Unwanted » follows the journey of women in a dozen countries, their right to dispose of their bodies as they wish, sometimes at the risk of their lives. It is up to us to look at them, to hear them, to carry their voices with our hearts.
« Universal access to sexual and reproductive rights is the primary condition for women’s emancipation », Catherine Giboin, Vice President of Médecins du Monde.
« All women are equal in the face of unwanted pregnancies », Caroline Watillon, project manager for the Secular Federation of Family Planning Centres, who is in charge of abortion and contraception.
« Reduced to their function as procreators, women have become an object of exchange between men so that they can guarantee themselves the possibility of having children. A whole other series of measures then established « male domination »: deprivation of liberties, deprivation of access to knowledge and deprivation of access to any function of authority ». Françoise Héritier, anthropologist.
« It is because I am in favour of respect for life and the human person that I am in favour of abortion », Willy Peers, imprisoned for having aborted women in the 1970s, launched the debate on the voluntary interruption of pregnancy in Belgium.