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Petitioning President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite and 2 others

Dalia Grybauskaite (President of Luithuania) and European Commission: To stop legislation restricting access to abortion.

International human rights standard is to liberalize abortion laws to make it safe and accessible to women and thereby lessen maternal mortality related to unsafe abortion. The language used in the draft of the new bill regarding the right to life does not correspond to that used in international and European human rights instruments - to which Lithuania is also party - as it limits access to abortion, thereby leading not to lessening the number of women inducing abortion but only makes it dangerous for women who will undergo clandestine and unsafe abortion. Passing the bill will increase maternal mortality, abortion-related injuries and deaths are likely to be especially high among poor women, who can't afford to travel abroad. As a result, many of them might try self-induced abortions

Letter to
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite
EU Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights Viviane Reding
President of the European Parliament) Martin Schulz
Your Excellency,

I write to express my concern that the Lithuanian Parliament secured the draft text for the new bill on abortion and to go to the parliamentary Committees on Human Rights, Health Affairs and Legal Affairs for further consideration.

International human rights standard is to liberalize abortion laws to make it safe and accessible to women and thereby lessen maternal mortality related to unsafe abortion. The language used in the draft of the new bill regarding the right to life does not correspond to that used in international and European human rights instruments - to which Lithuania is also party - as it limits access to abortion, thereby leading not to lessening the number of women inducing abortion but only makes it dangerous for women who will undergo clandestine and unsafe abortion. Passing the bill will increase maternal mortality, abortion-related injuries and deaths are likely to be especially high among poor women, who can't afford to travel abroad. As a result, many of them might try self-induced abortions.

It is unacceptable that in the 21st Century, a European country includes in its legislation a provision which directly endangers women's lives. I trust that you will do your best to ensure that Lithuania considers reviewing its legislation regarding abortion in a forward-looking legislation, taking the lead in promoting women's sexual and reproductive rights.

Sincerely yours,