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Reflections on the failure of the IVF referendum

category italy / switzerland | gender | press release author Wednesday June 15, 2005 18:44author by FdCA - Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchiciauthor email internazionale at fdca dot it Report this post to the editors

FdCA Statement

Clearly it is not enough, but against fundamentalist interference in the running of society and in order to increase the possibility for freedom, we must not allow ourselves to be limited to events such as this in order to go on creating initiatives or opportunities for public debate and struggle. We must win back our collective decision-making power and put an end to God and the State ruling our bodies and our lives.

Reflections on the failure of the IVF referendum

The predictable outcome to the referendum followed a far from predictable referendum campaign which saw a whole series of groups join the campaign, leave the campaign, or strategically and at times tragically ignore the campaign.

The medical lobby, so active during the early part of the campaign, suddenly withdrew, perhaps in view of the possibility of new parliamentary elections following the results of the regional elections, or perhaps in view of the strong opposition from many to supporting the referendum using purely scientific arguments, something that was felt even within the YES committees (though few and far between) formed from what remains of a feminist movement. But even the feminist movement was unable to put forward any authoritative arguments regarding the questions at stake, and was forced to realize that it had lost along the road all that it had gained during the various battles over the years. With a stammering performance from the world of institutional politics, and the world of social opposition distracted by other issues and therefore unable to make the most of this opportunity to engage in a campaign of frank opinion on rights and secularity, the Church had an open field to play on. Once the polls had closed, everyone realized that though televised politics can influence opinions, it can never be a substitute for real politics, the politics of the streets, the politics of public meetings, the politics of mass participation that we saw in previous referendums. But it is of no great interest to us what happens to the institution of the referendum, regularly pronounced dead every time the quorum fails to be reached but always resurrected for yet another pointless attempt to shore up the deficiencies of the parliamentary system by the institutional opposition which is unable (even) to do its job, and calls on civil society to defend whatever is at stake, however indefensible or backward it may be. Because if society's consciousness or conquests do not go forwards, then they go backwards.

We do not know if Law No.40 (which, we should remember, would have only been partially amended had the referendum been successful) will be brought back before parliament, if it will undergo some minor technical changes or if, as is the case with many of our country's repressive laws, it will remain on the books without being put into operation, except to be used by some publicity-seeking judge who decides to apply it to the letter.

We do know, though, that we cannot just forget the fragments of debate that remain from the campaign, when there was a return to collective reflection in the streets, in offices, schools and supermarkets, about freedom and self-determination, science and the right to health, secularity and ethics, participation and non-participation. We saw fears and hypocrisy unmasked, we discovered not only that each of us IS able to understand, but that each of us has the right to decide for him or herself and pay no attention to the orders being made from the politicians and the pulpits. Clearly it is not enough, but against fundamentalist interference in the running of society and in order to increase the possibility for freedom, we must not allow ourselves to be limited to events such as this in order to go on creating initiatives or opportunities for public debate and struggle. We must win back our collective decision-making power and put an end to God and the State ruling our bodies and our lives.

FEDERAZIONE DEI COMUNISTI ANARCHICI 14 June 2005

Related Link: http://www.fdca.it/fdcaen
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