Target: Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Goal: Drop abortion-related charges against three women in Argentina
Three women in Argentina are currently in prison because of one abortion. Susana D. is being unjustly charged with the most horrific crime of homicide of a blood relative. Her two friends are being charged as accomplices. Demand that the charges against Susana and her friends be dropped immediately and that women in Argentina be granted their fundamental right to obtain an abortion legally and safely.
When Susana’s doctor suspected that she had developed a blood infection from an illegally obtained abortion, he notified the police, who arrested her and her two friends suspected of helping her. The three women have allegedly been sharing a single mattress in a cell without water or electricity for two months. Authorities are charging her with the first-degree murder of a blood relative, which usually refers to a spouse, sibling, parent, or child. In this case, Argentinian authorities have stretched the definition of the law to include the “killing” of a fetus.
Abortion is illegal in Argentina except in cases of rape, incest, or a risk to the health of the pregnant woman. Still, there are around 500,000 abortions performed in Argentina per year, often in unhygienic and unsafe conditions that later result in infections like the kind that Susana acquired. Although many Argentinians currently favor abortion law reform, the strongly anti-abortion Catholic Church has a firm grip on national politics and most politicians refuse to even broach the subject in formal legislative debate.
Sign this petition to demand that Susana D. and her friends be released from jail and that the charges against them be dropped. Abortion is not killing a relative nor is it infanticide. It is merely a woman making a choice about a part of her own body: Women know best when now is not the right time.
Dear President Kirchner,
Three women have been held in a jail in the Jujuy province of Argentina for the past two months. They are kept together in a small cell, without easy access to water, without electricity, sleeping on a single shared mattress. Their crime? Abortion.
Susana D. sought medical help when she developed a blood infection after obtaining an abortion. When the doctor realized the likely cause, he notified the police, who arrested Susana and her two friends for helping her to get the abortion. Now, she is being charged with murdering a blood relative, a harsh sentence that is usually reserved for cold-blooded killings of spouses, siblings, parents, and children. This was none of those things. This was simply a woman exercising her fundamental human right to be the ultimate authority on her own body and to decide when and how she has a child.
The often-unsanitary conditions of these unsafe illegal abortions are hurting women across Argentina. It’s estimated that for every one Argentinian woman who seeks medical attention for a complication with an illegal abortion, seven more do not.
I urge you to free Susana D. and her two friends, to drop all charges against them, and to legalize abortion in Argentina so that all women have access to this important procedure.
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