On 25 November 2016, the Campaign newsletter reported the case of “Paula” from Galicia, who in 2012 had learned seven months into her pregnancy, due to errors during antenatal diagnosis, that the fetus she was carrying had an anomaly incompatible with life. As she was unable to find anyone who would terminate the pregnancy in Galicia, the Galician public health service, SERGAS, declared that “in order to respect the professionals’ right to objection on … Continued
In as far as the regulation of abortion deals with issues like how and to what extent can women’s capacity to gestate and give birth be controlled, and by whom, any discourse on abortion necessarily reflects a construction of women’s citizenship, hence of gender. The question is, which is the ruling construction? Behind non-legal discourses that focus on human life and public power’s duty to protect it, there lies the modern construction of gender that articulates women’s passive citizenship within the state. This is also true of confrontational discourses that construct women and the fetus as potential adversaries. Both discourses are traditional in continental Europe. Yet, they are being superseded by an understanding of abortion from the perspective of women’s active citizenship. Spanish Organic Act 2/2010 stands as part of this trend. Not surprisingly, governmental attempts to reinstate women’s passive citizenship in this matter have met stark resistance.
This article explores obstetricians-gynaecologists’ experiences and attitudes towards abortion, based on two mixed-methods studies respectively undertaken in Italy in 2011–2012, and in Spain (Cataluña) in 2013–2015. Short questionnaires and in-depth interviews were conducted with 54 obstetricians-gynaecologists at 4 hospitals providing abortion care in Rome and Milan, and with 23 obstetricians-gynaecologists at 2 hospitals and one clinic providing abortion care in Barcelona.
The Spanish Federation of Family Planning (FPFE) and Médicos del Mundo (Doctors of the World) have prepared this report jointly with the Alliance for Solidarity, National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals (FELGTB), Forum for Feminist Politics, Shadow CEDAW Platform, and others, and presented it recently in Madrid.
The health system in Galicia, northwest Spain, was ordered to compensate a woman who lost her uterus after a hospital refused to do an abortion as an emergency obstetric procedure and sent her 354 miles to Madrid, so that she nearly lost her life. The events happened four years ago.