Target: Ricardo Lewandowski, President of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
Goal: Temporarily legalize abortion in order to prevent deformed infants due to Zika virus infections.
More than a million people in Brazil have been infected by the Zika virus, a mosquito-spread virus that has flu-like symptoms as well as fever, rash, and joint pain. There is no medication for the Zika virus, and it currently poses a large risk to pregnant women, especially for the unborn children they are carrying.
Microcephaly is a condition where children are born with small heads and incomplete brain development. This condition leads to lifelong impairment and severe brain damage. The Center for Disease Control has advised pregnant women and women considering pregnancy against traveling to areas affected by the Zika virus. Ministers of Health across Latin America are advising women against getting pregnant in the first place.
Advising women against getting pregnant in the country of Brazil is not a solution to the current problem, nor is it a feasible option for some women. Over 50 percent of births in Latin America are unplanned, and 18 percent of total births across the region are to teenage mothers.
Development of healthcare systems that provide birth control options and education systems that teach people how to prevent pregnancy take years to develop. Medication and vaccines also take time. Pregnant women and their fetuses infected by the Zika virus need solutions now. The temporary legalization of abortion will protect infected fetuses from a lifelong struggle with malformations and brain damage.
Sign the petition below to urge the President of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil to temporarily legalize abortion while the Zika virus remains a threat to the fetuses and infants across the country.
Dear President Lewandowski,
The Zika virus is affecting not only the citizens of Brazil, but also unborn lives from a safe, healthy, and happy future. Microcephaly is a malformation of infant heads and underdevelopment of their brains which is caused by the infection of pregnant women with the Zika virus. Currently, there is no cure or vaccine for this virus, which is spreading rapidly throughout Latin America.
Babies born with microcephaly have an unhappy future ahead filled with permanent deformation of their head, brain damage, and incapacitation. The Ministry of Health is encouraging women not to get pregnant in the first place; however, some women do not have that option. Over 50 percent of pregnancies in Latin America are unplanned. A solution for right now is to temporarily legalize abortion in order to prevent a large number of incapacitated citizens in Brazil, which are both costly to the system and have a low quality of life.
I am urging you to temporarily legalize abortion while the medical community develops a vaccine and protects the developing fetuses from deformities caused by the Zika virus. Please take actions to enforce policies that protect unborn children from an extremely difficult life riddled with mental and physical obstacles.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention