Target: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins
Goal: Remove law that criminalizes most forms of abortions
Ireland’s abortion law has drawn criticism from the United Nations, stating that the law violates human rights and should be amended immediately. Terminating a pregnancy can result in the person being incarcerated for fourteen years, despite the woman being raped or carrying a nonviable pregnancy. This law must be removed from Ireland, as it is in violation of women’s rights.
The United Nations ensures that all national bodies conform with human rights standards. In their examination of Ireland’s abortion law, named Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, they deemed it in violation of human rights and breach the country’s international obligations. The law criminalizes most forms of abortions, even if the women has been raped, is carrying a nonviable pregnancy, or faces health risks. If a woman needs to get an abortion, she has to travel outside of the country to get one. Not only does it violates a woman’s bodily rights, but is it also discriminatory. Laws such as these increase the risk of women and girls falling into a depression or committing suicide.
Ireland should amend the abortion law to allow women and girls to seek an abortion if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, or if the pregnancy poses a health risk to the mother, or the pregnancy is not viable. The country must also prepare guidelines of what places a woman’s health at risk of carrying the pregnancy to term. Information regarding abortions and birth control should also be made readily available.
The government has no right to force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term. Human rights include bodily rights, which this law strips away from women and girls. Urge the president of Ireland to amend this law so women who need to get an abortion can do so.
Dear President Michael D. Higgins,
I am writing today to urge your country to amend the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. As you may know, the United Nations examined this law and deemed it in violation of human rights, notably women’s rights. Your government has no right to force a woman to go through a pregnancy, especially if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest, and especially if the pregnancy places the woman’s health at risk.
I urge you to allow pregnancies that resulted from these circumstances to be ones that can be aborted. I also urge you to ensure information regarding abortions and birth control be made accessible to women.
[Your Name Here]
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