Target: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
Goal: Stop Spain’s prime minister from severely limiting women’s abortion options
The citizens of Spain already have enough problems without having to worry about heavy restrictions on women’s freedom of choice. According to GlobalPost.com, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy now plans on repealing a 2010 law that gave women greater abilities and choices for abortions. Under the proposed new policy, only women are pregnant as a result of rape or whose pregnancies pose serious health risks may seek termination.
Rajoy claims that this is a fulfillment of his electoral promises, yet much of the country is opposed to these draconian policies. A poll of Spanish citizens by marketing company Invymark found that more than 80% of Spanish citizens opposed to the new rules, yet the Prime Minister plans to move forward with them anyway. In doing so, he would not only put unnecessary limits on women whose freedom of choice long suffered under the former conservative government, but he would also oppose the democratic systems in place for the country.
The new rules would require the written recommendations of two doctors before a termination could take place. This would even hold true in cases of severe fetal deformities, which have been legal to abort since the 1980s without a physician’s approval. These restrictions hurt the freedom of women in Spain as well as the progress female equality there and worldwide.
Even Rajoy’s own party is largely against these new rules, with nearly 70% of party members polled disagreeing with them. However, those on the political far right of the party are now putting pressure on the Prime Minister to move forward with the change. It’s time to urge Rajoy not to take a step back from women’s rights, and instead make him realize that what he’s doing is a violation of the rights that the people of Spain have worked so hard to secure over the past decades, and that he has more of a responsibility to the people he represents than to certain members of his own party.
Dear Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy,
Please understand that what you are trying to do by passing restrictive abortion laws will hurt your country much more than help it. The people of Spain voted to have access to abortions because they wanted them, so regardless of what some of your party members may want, your responsibility is with the people. With more than 80% of the country disagreeing with your plan, it should be obvious that you need to stop moving forward.
Don’t let Spain fall back behind the rest of the developed world in terms of health care and personal freedoms. Women have a right to decide what to do with their bodies, not politicians.
[Your Name Here]
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