When I started this blog, I was 100% sure of the topics I wanted to write about – fashion and fashion photography, music and music videos, pop culture and make-up. Later, I realized shutting myself into my ivory tower (like most of fashion bloggers do) was pointless and harmful. “You’ve Got No Reason Not to Fight” was the first step I took towards a different direction and I’m glad I took it. It’s true I’m a fashion blogger, but first of all I’m a human being, a woman, a wife, a mother, a teacher, who can’t pretend everything is fine in the world and who doesn’t shun from expressing her thoughts because “this is not the right place to do it”. I don’t want to hide myself behind pretentious excuses, so here I am.
This post has been lingering in my mind for a long time, but now I think the right moment has come. As you may have understood from the picture, my intention is to explain briefly why I support the Law 194, which allows women in Italy to terminate a pregnancy by the first three months of gestation. The law, approved in 1978, has been put at risk several times. Despite being still legal, getting an abortion is becoming more and more difficult: pro-life movements are still trying to repeal the law, and in hospitals most of gynaecologists (70.7% in 2009) are antiabortionists. For all these reason, the law has been actually emptied of its meaning, since it’s very hard to find a doctor who accepts to apply it.
In addition to these difficulties, things are getting worse: on June 20th, the article 4 of this law will go under the scrutiny of the Constitutional Court, whose members will decide if it violates the article 2 (inviolable human rights) and 32, paragraph I (health protection) of the Italian Constitution, and if it prejudices the foetus’ right to life . If the Court decides the law violates one or both articles, just imagine the consequences. I know things are worse in the United States, where 20-week abortion bans are being turned into law in many states (Louisiana is just the last of the list), but in this case it’s not true that a trouble shared is a troubled halved.
One can be against abortion for many reasons and religious beliefs, but you know what’s the point of the whole question? There’s a real war against women going on – against their free will and against their right to take the best decision for themselves, a decision for something that regards their own bodies. It’s clearly a question of religious extremism, but at the same time I think it’s a political problem. Making women among the first victims of economic crisis is not enough: men want to have a saying in what happens in their bodies and in their minds, too. Don’t believe those who say abortion is often used as a birth control method: abortion is always a terrible experience for a woman and many are the reasons why a woman decides to get it. She may be victim of a rape, or realizes her child has malformations, or realizes she doesn’t want to be a mother in that specific moment of her life (I know this is hard to get if you’re a mother, but just try to think out of your box, it’s not that difficult). One can be against abortion, but why can he/she erase the chance for women to be free to choose the best for them? One is free to think whatever he/she wants – that a foetus can feel pain at 12 weeks of gestation, so that you’re killing a human being in fieri if you get an abortion  – to follow her religious beliefs, if she has them, and to decide for herself. If you don’t want to be forced to get an abortion, so why should one be forced NOT to get one, if that is her decision?
I’m a mother: my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter were the best moment of my life, and I thank God for giving me the chance to live such a beautiful experience, but this is MY experience and I’m well aware of the fact that life can take different turns. I’ve often asked myself what I would do if I discovered I was pregnant with a unhealthy child, or if I didn’t want to become a mother. Supporting and protecting the Law 194 is fundamental for this reason: whatever your own experience as a woman, you must protect the right for other women to choose. If we let the guard down and let them take this right from us, what will come next?
 I’ve translated these legal details from here.
 There are no scientific studies demonstrating this. This doesn’t mean it can’t be true for you.