Vanity Fair dedicates a cover and an investigation to the right to abortion denied in Italy. In our country, abortion is difficult, sometimes impossible: about 70 percent of gynecologists are conscientious objector. But in some regions it even reaches 100 percent, as evidenced by the investigation signed by Alessia Arcolaci who contacted several hospitals and consultants to shed light on the difficulty of having access to the voluntary termination of pregnancy provided for by law 194 of 1978.
«My mother used to say that three things are needed for plants: sun, water and love. And the same goes for rights: if you don't take care of them, if you don't take care of them, you wake up one day and they are gone . Start with these beautiful words from Emma Bonino the dialogue between the senator e Kasia Smutniak, protagonist of the cover story of the new issue of Vanity Fair on newsstands from today. As the director Simone Marchetti in his editorial, «Two exceptional women, but also visionary, practical, loving with themselves and with others, combative and never, never resigned.
Not surprisingly, for our cover story Smutniak wears a T-shirt with a militant message: "It's my choice." The choice to defend rights beyond any political spectrum, beyond gender, beyond cultural barriers: "In Poland, against the modification of the law on abortion – allowed only in the event of rape or life threatening for the mother – also places the peasants with tractors. And the truckers blocked the roads. It is a beautiful thing, but also right: we must understand that certain things concern us all . A reference to the commitment that also comes from those who have dedicated their lives and their professionalism to one of the fundamental rights for the health and freedom of choice of women: "I am ashamed to be in a country that is strictly advanced from the point of scientific point of view, but terribly backward from a cultural point of view , he says in the investigation by Alessia Arcolaci there gynecologist Marina Toschi, which twice a month, for 10 years, has been reaching the Ascoli Piceno hospital from Perugia to guarantee the right provided for by 194.
The second reason we chose to do this cover is for rights. All. Those acquired and those not yet conquered, such as those related to DDL Zan against gender discrimination. "Rights are that thing whose importance you understand when you no longer have them. And just like democracy, they don't grow on trees: they must be conquered. I have always thought that, when it comes to rights, the best defense is attack. While you ask for one right, ask for others as well. And even if you haven't won the first battle yet, go ahead, ”says Bonino.
So get ready. Let's get ready. Because we will go on. And how if we will go on.