Urgent Action: Women’s Access to Safe Abortion at Risk (Slovakia: UA 128.20)

September 10, 2020

The Slovak Parliament is currently debating a bill that, if passed, will impose new barriers on abortion care, endangering the health and wellbeing of women and girls, and all people who could be seeking an abortion, and violating their human rights. If enacted, the bill will create a dangerous and chilling effect on the provision of lawful abortion care in Slovakia, and increase the harmful stigma surrounding abortion. The Slovak Parliament must urgently reject this bill.

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  1. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Mr. Michal Šipoš
MP and Chairman parliamentary group of OLANO
(Ordinary People and Independent Personalities)
Email: [email protected]Mr. Peter Pčolinský
MP and Chairman parliamentary group SME
(We are Family)
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Anna Zemanová
MP and Chairman parliamentary group SaS
(Freedom and Solidarity)
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Jana Žitňanská
MP and Chairman parliamentary group of Za Ľudí
(For the People)
Email: [email protected]Mr. Robert Figo
MP and Chairman parliamentary group of SMER-SD
(Direction-Social Democracy)
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Peter Pellegrini
MP and leader of HLAS-SD
(Voice-Social Democracy)
Email: [email protected]


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Member of the Slovak Parliament,

I am extremely concerned about the renewed attempts to vote on a harmful bill that will further obstruct access to safe abortion care in Slovakia. Measures included in the bill such as doubling the mandatory waiting period and extending its application before accessing an abortion; the imposition of a requirement of a second medical authorization for abortions on health reasons; and the obligation to state the reasons for seeking an abortion, are unjustified and do not fulfill a medical purpose. Instead, they violate the human rights of those seeking an abortion and delay access to timely legal abortion care thereby placing health and lives at risk.

It is also deeply worrying that the bill intends to prohibit the so-called “advertising” of abortion, which will restrict doctors’ ability to provide evidence-based information to women about abortion care and where to access lawful abortions in Slovakia. The proposed bill is harmful to women and girls, and breaches Slovakia’s international human rights obligations to respect and protect the right to health, privacy, information, the right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment and the principles of non-discrimination and equality in the enjoyment of rights, and contradicts the World Health Organization guidelines and clinical best practices.

I urge you to take into account the content of the above-mentioned letter and to take all necessary steps to ensure the Slovak Parliament rejects this retrogressive bill and refrains from further attempts to restrict reproductive rights in Slovakia.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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