We support the call for protests against the anti-abortionists among Wolfgang Hering on March 24th, 2018 by Antisexistische Aktion München:
- 40 days of solemn vigil in front of the „medicare“-center in Munich-Freiham
- monthly vigil with rally in front of pro familia
- disgusting smear campaigns against doctors who offer pregnancy terminations
- influence of radical anti-abortionists on political decisions
- uncountable fundamentalist stickers praising Jesus Christ
- and much more …
That’s enough! It’s time to show those “soul savers”, that we won’t accept their sexist, racist, transphobic and homophobic ideology any longer!
This is the reason why we call for protest against Christian fundamentalists on March 24th, 2018.
We will meet in front of “pro familia” in Türkenstraße 103, 80799 Munich at 11 o’clock
Once more, Wolfgang Hering, the leader of the association “Helpers of God’s Precious Infants” in Munich, is calling for a so-called vigil on March 24th, 2018. At it, the ultra-religious anti-abortionists march through the inner-city of Munich to the advice centre “pro familia” and pray there. Usually, they have an ikon of Mary with them as well as signs that are designed to manipulate bystanders with messages distorting the circumstances of a pregnancy termination.
Groups like “Helper’s for God’s Precious Infants” deny women* their reproductive rights: so the woman* is not allowed to decide whether she* wants children neither how many of them, only God can take this decision. Their goal: the total ban of pregnancy terminations. As part of their campaigns and their actions, they call pregnancy termination murder, since in their world human life starts with the conception. To make their point, they partly resort to drastic methods. They use pictures with bloody fetuses, they accost women* as part of so-called “pavement counsellings” in front of advice centres and clinics, distribute unrealisticly large embryos made of plastic or show signs with phrases like “Daddy, look, I’m a boy”. All this serves to put pregnant people even more under pressure in their already difficult situation.
The fundamentalists do not care that they use völkisch-right wing rhetoric. The Nazis already used the female body for their propaganda. There is talk of “the womb as germ cell of the nation” or that “the nation dies in the womb”. In this narrative, women* are reduced to their role as mothers who have to produce as many healthy children as possible. Hence, it is no wonder that extreme right-wing activists feel quite comfortable in the orbit of self-appointed “soul savers” and that they find ideological links with them.
Bavaria – a place for antifeminists – no place for antifeminists
For decades down to the present day, Bavaria has been led by conservatives, and antifeminist and reactionary groups feel quite well in this federal state. Parties like CSU, AfD or Zentrum are active as well as evangelical and Christian fundamentalists or “Pro Life” organisations like AlfA, CDL or 1000 Plus, the latter of which even moved from Heilbronn to Munich.
Among themselves and beyond Munich these groups are partly well interconnected. For instance, Wolfgang Hering, prayer leader of the “Helpers for God’s Precious Infants” in Munich, made a public appearance with Klaus Günther Annen, one of the most active anti-abortionists in Germany, at a vigil in Münster. Annen relativises the Shoah on his website “babycaust.de” and litteraly boasts about against how many doctors he already pressed charges.
Currently, probably the most prominent victim of his smear campaign is the doctor Kristina Hänel from Giessen who has been imposed a fine of 6,000 € on, because she has been charged with contravening § 219 a [this paragraph bans publicity for pregnancy terminations]. Annen, though, might not be very happy, because Dr. Hänel wouldn’t hide herself, but is leading a public discussion. Her commitment and the following wave of solidarity have revived a public and lively debate on pregnancy terminations that for a long time had fallen asleep.
We would like to resume this debate with our protest on March 24th. We demand the abolition of the paragraphs 219 and 218 StGB [the German penal code]. Not only informing about pregnancy terminations, even pregnany terminations themselves are still liable to prosecution in Germany and are just not prosecuted because of a lousy additional article (§ 218 a). This deprivation of the right of decision and this patronization are intolerable. We won’t accept them any longer.
Let us take a stand against reactionary antifeminist smear campaigns and for self-determination. Let us face the anti-abortionists and let us show them what we think of their prayers.
It is in our hands to prevent Munich from becoming a comfortable place for Christian fundamentalists and radical anti-abortionists. And this is why we call upon you to protest against this sexist shit with us on March 24th.
We will meet in front of “pro familia” in Türkenstrasse 103, 80799 Munich at 11 o’clock
Antisexistische Aktion München [Antisexist Action Munich]
Please be aware that there might be repression by the police and that the cops will try to prevent and criminalize our protest.