URGENT SOLIDARITY ACTION: TODAY BEFORE 1PM (USA Eastern Time)
Yesterday word began circulating around the world that Donald Trump has written two letters, one to the Director-General of the World Health Organization and one to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, demanding that any reference to abortion and to sexual and reproductive health be removed from the Covid-19 response because he is anti-abortion. He also threatened to withdraw the USA from WHO because of the influence of China. Moreover, he circulated a statement against SRHR/abortion at the (online) World Health Assembly this week. Here are the letters/statement:
TO: Director-General Dr Tedros, WHO
TO: Secretary-General Guterres, UN
TO: World Health Assembly
An open letter in support of SRHR and safe abortion, in response, addressed to Dr Tedros and Mr Guterres, has been written by a number of INGOs for signatures. We are calling on everyone, whether on behalf of your group or as an individual, to sign the letter and share this message and request for signatures with everyone in your networks.
THAILAND: Petition to the Department of Health to ensure that women can access safe abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Choices Network Thailand, Tamtang and other Thai NGOs have drafted a letter to the Thai Department of Health calling for access to contraception and safe abortion to be ensured during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is addressed to the Director of the Department of Health of Thailand. It calls on them to ensure women’s access to safe abortion, which has decreased in several places since the pandemic began. The full report from 8 May is here. The full letter to support is here.
PLEASE SIGN BY 14 MAY 2020: the individual link is below. To put your organisation’s name in the open letter, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign as an individual, go to this link