The Compañera Network is a space of regional coordination for feminist and lesbo-feminist organizations, networks, and collectives which accompany women, girls, and others who abort, so that they may do so in a manner that is safe, cared for, and free of violence. We are made up of 21 organizations, networks, and collectives spanning 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Accompanying those who abort is our political way of respecting the life and health of women and people who abort. We respond promptly and adequately to the various contexts of those who need to abort, taking into account their experience and their needs and with total respect for their decisions, recognizing their autonomy and strength.
We dispute colonial hegemonic medicine’s data and among ourselves, we produce data about how we accompany during the feminist abortion care process.
Our objective is the total decriminalization of abortion. This is why we fight for free abortion, without legal conditions and without time constraints. We also demand that the States desist their attempts to persecute companions, women, and people who abort.
We want abortion to never be considered a crime again.
We are brought together by a feminist approach to comprehend abortion, accompanying those who abort and understanding abortion and the different ways to be a companion that each group in the Network is developing in each country.
We accompany from love and total respect for the autonomy of women and people with who abort, making use of active listening, not bureaucratizing abortion, that is: without legal conditions, without time constraints, without adding obstacles.
We affirm that women and people who abort are the experts of their own lives and are the protagonists of their abortion processes. We accompany from a horizontal relationship based on the needs of those who abort, while recognizing their own resources and agency.
We assume abortion to be an action of life and health care for women and people who abort, a a daily practice that we wish to be done without fear, without guilt, without dependencies and from pleasure.
We recognize ourselves, among the women and people who abort who we accompany, as producers of knowledge by carrying out theory in practice. We question medical hegemony through information we generate in accompanying experiences.
We advocate for the right to information as a political tool that enables access to safe abortions and prioritizes autonomy over medical hegemony.