We therefore proclaim that associating the left-wing with abortion´s ´legitimacy´ is first and foremost a lie, and in addition, it directly contradicts the values that the Left vindicates.


    After the 14 March elections, once more we have corroborated that there is no radical confrontation between the different political parties. None of them has brought the fundamentals of the present capitalist socio-economic system into question.

    It may seem that there only exists real disagreement on one topic: abortion. However, it does not take a thorough analysis to realize that this is not so. In the 8 years that the PP ruled, abortion rose by 37%, and there are presently nearly 80.000 abortions a year. PP´s policy on this subject has caused an increase in abortion being used as a family planning method. As a matter of fact, abortion without restrictions can be carried out during the first three months of pregnancy. Zapatero will get publicity at the PP´s expense by legalizing it, though this will not differ significantly from what has been happening so far. In fact, the real intention is to hide PSOE´s alliance with the radical economic right-wing by using pseudo-progressive measures such as the legalization of abortion. This is the first time that a so-called socialist party, headed by Zapatero, has explicitly put forward a neoliberal economic and political program.

    Due to the the confusion provoked by the current deluge of propaganda, we need to make it clear that it is because we are left-wing that we strongly disapprove of abortion, and its overt or surreptitious legalization. Likewise, we are against any assault on life, such as death penalty, torture, hunger, armament, war, destruction of the environment… We therefore proclaim that associating the left-wing with abortion´s «legitimacy» is first and foremost a lie, and in addition, it directly contradicts the values that the Left vindicates.

    We are left, socialist, because we categorically and unequivocally defend the socialization of means of production, because we fight against any form of exploitation of human beings, because we are against the oppression of the people by any imperialist power. But also because we defend human life as a supreme value, and we claim that nobody, in anybody´s name, can put an end to it. Moreover, we believe that it is a distinctive feature of the Right to find arguments and excuses to eliminate human life.

    There have been countless times that super-capitalist right-wing regimes have legalized abortion in different parts of the world. People, such as Robert McNamara – from Vietnam – and the World Bank, have goaded abortion acceptance. They have imposed it as something convenient for multinational capitalist dominance. Hitler rejected it for his aria «race» but enforced it for those under his rule.

    There´s life in the fertilized ovule

    Relating abortion to the Left is a commonly held misconception. However, it is above all a contradiction: there is life, a unique human life in the fertilized ovule. In most cases, when an abortion is carried out, this life is destroyed by using the cruelest methods, which are suffered by the foetus. It is not just another part of the woman´s body, it is a unique individual, and as a human being, it has its rights, the same as elderly people, the handicapped, the mentally disabled, the terminally ill. All those people that would be included on a list of future targets by accepting abortion, because they might not be considered human beings with a right to live, but instead bothersome, unwanted members of society.

    Despite whatever may be said, there is not any more reactionary claim than a person demanding a right over an unborn child. It is the most inconceivable claim of property. It is a shame that the Left should defend this so-called right. Moreover, in doing so, they are letting the Right, who by pursuing their own electoral interests and without actually caring about it, hypocritically monopolise the opposition to it.

    We absolutely reject this shameful vindication, and considering the currently existent knowledge about embryology, the Left should not support this position. We are not only left-wing and we reject abortion, but also we are against it because we are left-wing. This only means accepting scientific information that determines where human life starts, and its consequences.

    It is necessary for the Left to reconsider this issue with courage and rigour, human life is a supreme value from its conception to natural death. In line with this, we must take measures against abortion by fighting its causes, by assisting single mothers socially and legally in an efficient way, those who want to keep their children as well as those who decide to give them up for adoption.

    Abortion is an atrocious violent act against unborn children and their mothers. The Left should fight to make women´s wombs the safest place for children, because this is naturally so. Likewise, society as a whole should protect mothers and children, before and after their birth.

    Solidaridad y Autogestión Internacionalista
    Colectivo Autogestión
    Movimiento Cultural Cristiano