Request for solidarity: For Safe Abortion in Sierra Leone
On 8 December, the Parliament of Sierra Leone overwhelmingly passed the Safe Abortion Act 2015, tabled by ruling party lawmaker Hon. Isatu Kabia. This law replaced a 150-year-old colonial law that made all abortions illegal. The passage of the Safe Abortion Act 2015 is a major victory for women's health and rights.
Unfortunately, after pressure from the Inter-Religious Council and a member of the United States Congress, President Koroma felt under pressure and refused to sign the bill into law.Instead, he sent it back to Parliament for reconsideration. This ground-breaking legislation is now in danger of being withdrawn altogether because of lobbying by conservative groups.
At the request of the President, the Parliamentary leadership will be discussing the bill with religious leaders in the coming week and the full Parliament will likely reconsider whether to sign the bill into law or withdraw it completely in the next 2-3 weeks. We must move quickly to ensure that the President and the Parliament know how important the passage of this legislation is to a wide range of organizations all over the world.
We need your help to demonstrate to President Koroma that the international community supports this legislation because it will save countless women's lives.
The International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion invites you / your organization to join us in supporting the Safe Abortion Act 2015.
To sign please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your details - organization, city, country - by Friday evening, 15 January.