Target: Michael Higgins, President of Ireland
Goal: End the criminalization of abortion in Ireland and stop restricting access to women’s healthcare.
Despite abortion being legal and accepted in most of the Western world for several decades, Ireland maintains stricter abortion laws that limit the freedom and autonomy of women living there.
Up until very recently, abortion was illegal even in cases of rape and incest, whereas now women have the right to challenge this and can legally obtain an abortion in cases that may threaten the mother’s life. However, abortion is still illegal otherwise, and thousands of women annually are left with no choice but to flee to the U.K. and nearby countries where they can be helped legally.
Naturally, this disproportionately affects poor women who are unable to travel, forcing them to either seek illegal and highly dangerous abortions or bear a child that they are unable to take care of, furthering the cycle of poverty. Please sign the petition below to end this outdated ban and give women the freedom they deserve.
Dear President Higgins,
Ireland’s continued restrictions on access to abortions is a stain on women’s freedoms that should not persist when the rest of the Western world has already succeeded in guaranteeing the autonomy of women over their own bodies. It is an outdated and harmful ban inconsistent with the progress of the rest of the developed world.
Moreover, not only is it harmful and outdated, it also fails to prevent most abortions, as women instead are forced to travel to Britain and other nearby countries for the procedure. This is quite obviously wasteful and another burden to add to struggling women.
Furthermore, the poorest women are most adversely affected by this ban as they are largely unable to afford to travel to seek healthcare outside of Ireland. They are also the demographic least able to financially care for these children they are forced to carry.
I am urging you to secure women’s autonomy and guarantee this freedom to make personal health decisions independent of persistent government regulations that only continue to damage the most desperate women in your country.
[Your Name Here]
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