Target: President Jose Mujica
Goal: Commend Uruguay for legalizing first-trimester abortions
After the Senate approved it in a 17-14 vote, abortions are now legal in Uruguay. After Cuba, Uruguay is only the second country in Latin America to make abortions in the first trimester legal for all women. Abortion is only legal in the case of rape, incest, or health risk to the woman in other Latin American countries.
Women will no longer have to ask for state permission to get an abortion. Under the new law, women are referred to a panel of gynecologists, psychologists, and social workers where the women must explain how they got pregnant and why they are choosing abortion, and the panel, in turn, explains the possible outcomes, risk of abortion, and alternatives such as adoption. But after a five day waiting period, if the women still chooses to, she is free to get an abortion immediately. While there are a lot of stipulations that come with this new law, no law is perfect. It is important to focus on the groundbreaking effects this milestone will have on women’s rights.
Under the old law, women who received abortions could go to prison for up to a year, and performing an abortion was punishable by up to two years in prison. With the new law in place, jail time is only a risk for anyone who helps women obtain abortions outside the margins of the law. In addition, this law will reduce the dangers and complications of illegal abortions. Only minors will need court approval, but are not required to get parental consent.
Health care professionals opposing this law have the option to decline to perform abortions, but are required to make arrangements with other establishments so their patients can still get abortions elsewhere.
As anti-abortion groups vow that this law will be overturned, it is important that Uruguay receive support for this important advancement. Sign this petition to show your appreciation to President Jose Mujica for his attitude towards change and for standing up for women’s rights.
Dear President Mujica,
Generating change in a historically conservative country is no easy feat. The vote to legalize abortions in Uruguay is the first step of many to make the world a better place.
It is so refreshing to see such progress in a traditionally conservative country. Women everywhere thank you for your efforts to make not only your country more accepting of women’s rights, but set an example that the rest of the world should follow.
[Your Name Here
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