On Thursday afternoon, members of different feminist collectives joined a mobilization on the occasion of the Global Day of Action for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, which is commemorated every September 28, and marched from Malecón Tajamar to the Plaza de la Reforma of the Benito Juárez City Hall.
The contingent departed around 6 pm from the meeting point to head towards Tulum Avenue and march until reaching the Glorieta del Ceviche, where they performed a dance with a modified fashion song, as a way of protest.
“Up with feminism!” “It’s my body, my decision!” “Desired motherhood, not forced!”, were some of the slogans that were expressed throughout the march.
A larger participation was expected, however, the rain kept on intermittently since noon and caused puddles in different parts of the city, which could have driven away the demonstrators.
However, some of the organizers assured that rain, thunder or lightning, the struggle continues; most of the attendees were young women, including some teenagers who brought sandwiches and water for the attendees as part of a social project.
“In Cancun since about five years ago we started with the mobilizations of the 28 S to demand that this right be guaranteed…. Today we do not have guaranteed rights, the State is still reluctant to guarantee this right and we even have news that there are obstacles to women who want to exercise this right for already established reasons such as rape, which is very serious,” said Silvia Chuc, from the Colectivo Gobernanza Mx.
Although abortion has already been decriminalized in Quintana Roo, what they are demanding now is to achieve legalization, where a whole health scheme is provided to respect the right to decide of women and pregnant women.
So far the State reports three modules in which safe abortion services can be provided, however, they denounced that there is no diffusion and in addition to this, for the sale of the medicine used for abortion, despite not requiring a medical prescription, they have received direct blockades from the pharmacies, which they also considered extremely serious.
When they arrived at the municipal palace, around 8 p.m., they danced again to the song “I had an abortion”, on a stage placed in the middle of the square and performed more iconoclasm on the superimposed walls surrounding the government building.
Derechos Autonomías y Sexualidad es (DAS), Gobernanza MX, Sororas Cancún, DDser QRoo, Batucada Brujas de Xtabay, Mujer Libre, Defensoras Digitales QRoo, Malinches Ingobernables and Fuerza de Ixchel, were some of the collectives represented in the march.