Beloved Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has expressed her support for the ongoing campaign in Argentina to decriminalise elective abortion, with a personal message for Vice-President Gabriela Michetti.
“Vicepresident of Argentina @gabimichetti: don’t look away from the thousands of deaths every year from ilegal abortions. Give argentinian women the right to choose!”, Atwood wrote on Twitter, citing the hashtags of the #NiUnaMenos movement and those in favour of abortion like #AbortoLegalYa #QueElAbortoSeaLey and #AbortoEnSenadoYa.
In an earlier tweet, she wrote: “Right now, women in #Argentina are fighting for their rights and lives... If #irelandreferendum can do it so can Argentina”.
Atwood, who wrote the acclaimed TheHandmaid’s Tale, addressed Michetti following accusations last week the vice-president — who also serves as the Speaker of the Upper House — was trying to hinder a vote in the Senate on the bill to decriminalise elective abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy.