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The access to safe abortions for Romanian women, a right which exists only on paper
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20 June
13:00-
ELVIRE POPESCO CINEMA

In 2021, for many countries around the world, women’s bodies are still a battlefield – they are not given access to contraception methods, abortion is banned, and there is no sex education, nor campaigns meant to inform them about their sexual and reproductive rights. Romania is one of those countries. In the last 10 years, women and teenagers didn’t have access to free contraception anymore, and many of the family planning clinics have closed. The access to abortion is not prohibited, nor is it easy to come by, for that matter: during the state of emergency (March 15 – May 15, 2020), only 11 hospitals in the country still performed terminations of pregnancy, none of which in Bucharest (the FILIA Center, 2020.)

 In 2021 the FILIA Center resumed research concerning the access to safe, on request terminations of pregnancy, and the complete report on the 2020 situation will be published in June. Part of the data obtained by FILIA will be made public at the festival. We already know, from the data obtained at the end of last year, that some Romanian women performed abortions at home, in improper conditions and without medical supervision, due to not having access to this procedure. During the time of the decree which banned abortion, at least 10 000 women have died, and over 100 000 suffered mutilations after having tried to perform an abortion at home, helped by partners, friends, or doctors who risked jail for the help they were offering. Our recent history clearly shows us that we cannot follow the example of Poland or Malta and to force women to become mothers: women’s lives and girl’s lives matter.


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