On the International Day of Safe Abortion on September 28, 2020, the Croatian humanist and feminist association Center for Civil Courage launched its new feminist project: “Brave Sisters“. We established a network of women in Croatia who provide support to women who decide they want to have an abortion.
This type of activism differs from the loud – but no less important – political advocacy regarding the right to safe, free, and legal abortion (without counseling), which we pursue in common with all feminist associations in Croatia. But our feminist struggle is multidimensional, and in this new path, we will offer a hand of solidarity to women who specifically ask us for support.
The responsibility of or brave sisters will be to provide unconditional support and protection to a woman with an unwanted pregnancy in understanding her own reproductive rights. At a time when elected political representatives and, unfortunately, for the most part, the gynecological profession itself is undermining the reproductive rights of women in Croatia, it is our responsibility to provide an atmosphere of security and respect for the women who turn to us for support.
We will psychologically and morally support women in their decision to have an abortion, we will accompany them when they go to the hospital for examinations and conversations with doctors, and during the procedure itself.
We invite doctors, medical staff, feminists, humanists, and also other activists from abroad to join our network freely.