Recent decades have seen social activism turn to law as a battleground for social change. While the rejection in Argentina of a bill to legalize abortion left many feeling cheated, the effects of the campaign, Que Sea Ley (English: Let It Be Law), transcended purely legal change.
“Nanette,” a Netflix comedy special, features Hannah Gadsby, a comedian who decides to give up comedy following a lifelong career, as she realizes that genuine connection between people emerged through stories and not jokes. Oftentimes the “punchline” of a joke leaves out much of the story — oftentimes, the more difficult parts that reside in stereotypes, satire, and mockery of the “other.”
The protection of professional secrecy in abortion cases is a fundamental guarantee for women to exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy. If doctors continue to violate professional secrecy and report on abortion cases, women will continue to be subjected to an inhumane dilemma, having to choose between prison or death.
I was one of the many young women who bristled at the idea – largely espoused by women in our parents’ generation – that I had to vote for Hillary Clinton because she was a woman. When former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appeared at a Clinton rally, stating that there was “a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” I was outraged. There were so many issues more important to me than gender in this election – the U.S. war machine, health care, foreign policy, climate change, immigration. The list went on.
As a feminist raised in the United States, my political formation was informed by constant, exhausting battles with the religious right regarding women’s and LGBTI rights. Thus, when I moved to Colombia five years ago, it was refreshing to witness a more effective separation of Church and State in the political sphere