Jamaica – Online poll results: No to legalising abortion, readers say

ONLINE POLL RESULTS: No to legalising abortion, readers say

Friday, February 08, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Of the 409 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll, 55 per cent said that abortion should not be legalised.

Forty-five per cent or 186 respondents were in favour of legalising abortion.

Renewed debate on reform of the country's abortion laws is now before the Human Resource and Physical Development Committee of Parliament, which, on January 31, heard submissions from two impassioned individuals.

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE_POLL_RESULTS:_No_to_legalising_abortion,_readers_say

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Jamaica – The time has come to make access to abortion services legal

The time has come to make access to abortion services legal

Jaevion Nelson
Published: Saturday | February 2, 2019

The abortion debate in Jamaica is as old as time but there has barely been any positive action to provide women with access to safe, legal and affordable services to terminate pregnancies. Instead, we pussyfoot with our obligations and responsibilities. We pretend abortion services aren’t needed and shouldn’t be allowed and carry on as if a handful of liberal minded Jamaicans are trying to take the country down a path of destruction.

If we are to be honest with ourselves, we would agree that everyone knows or knows of someone in their community who has had an abortion. We know that many of these have been botched and result in serious complications to the woman because they accessed unsafe services from individuals who are not adequately trained to perform an abortion.

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20190202/jaevion-nelson-time-has-come-make-access-abortion-services-legal

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Jamaica – ONLINE POLL RESULTS: 51% says no to legalising abortion

ONLINE POLL RESULTS: 51% says no to legalising abortion

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Of the 203 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll, 51 per cent said no to the Jamaican Government legalising abortion.

Government Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, on October 9, opened a debate in the House of Representatives on her motion seeking to have abortion made legal in the island.

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE_POLL_RESULTS:_51_says_no_to_legalising_abortion?profile=1228

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Jamaica – Church condemning women to unsafe abortions

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Church condemning women to unsafe abortions

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Dear Editor,

Like clockwork, the far right radicals of the church have sought to turn another conversation about progressive law reform into something which it is not. They have come, guns blazing to “defend the life of the unborn child”.

For them, millions of lives are at stake if the laws were to change so as to allow women to safely access services which they are already accessing (with no significant decline in the population as a result), often times in less than optimal conditions

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE_READERS_COMMENT:_Church_condemning_women_to_unsafe_abortions?profile=1228

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Jamaica – Letter of the Day | Break down barriers to abortion

Letter of the Day | Break down barriers to abortion

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Jamaica, like many developing countries across the world, is in need of laws that create space for safe-abortion care. Many persons in Jamaica, particularly men, seem to have this notion that women shouldn't have the right to access abortion care because it is their duty to carry children no matter how having that child may affect their life.

Professor Wendel Abel, head of The University of the West Indies' (UWI) Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, stated on Tuesday, October 10, 2018, at a Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange: "Unsafe abortion accounts for the third leading cause of maternal death. And why this is important is that maternal deaths and under-five deaths are sensitive measures of the quality of our healthcare."

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/letters/20181103/letter-day-break-down-barriers-abortion

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Jamaica – Abortion war needs dose of compassion

Abortion war needs dose of compassion

by Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health
Published: Sunday, October 28, 2018

Our consideration of abortion in Jamaica has, for too long, been characterised by contention and an apparent lack of empathy for those directly affected.

The result has been that there are vulnerable people who have been denied the space to express themselves on the issue, leaving some of us in the dark on the precise circumstances with which they are faced.

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/focus/20181028/christopher-tufton-abortion-war-needs-dose-compassion

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Jamaica – Editorial | Democratise right to abortion

Editorial | Democratise right to abortion

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018

As Christopher Tufton, the health minister, suggests, there is no need to reinvent the wheel with regard to the debate on abortion in Jamaica. At least, not totally. Parliament already has sufficient information on which to act.

So, the existing provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act, which make it almost impossible for a woman to terminate a pregnancy under any circumstance, are anachronistic and cruel and should be repealed forthwith.

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20181028/editorial-democratise-right-abortion

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Jamaica – Health ministry developing sexual and reproductive health policy

Health ministry developing sexual and reproductive health policy

Thursday, October 25, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Health is pursuing the development of a Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy, which will create a framework for identifying effective strategies to reduce maternal mortality rates.

The framework will focus on strengthening the linkages between obstetric and non-communicable disease programmes and review the Ministry's capacity within the health sector to respond effectively to cases of unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Health_ministry_developing_sexual_and_reproductive_health_policy

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Jamaica – No need to mislead

No need to mislead

Alyssa Nebel & Linnette Vassell
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In her commentary 'Don't distort abortion conversation, Member of Parliament (MP) Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, published by the Jamaica Observer on July 2, 2108, Phillipa Davies, spokesperson for Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, makes some very misleading statements to justify her organisation's opposition to legalising the termination of pregnancy under specific conditions. She argues that neither the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) nor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) discuss abortion. This argument stems from a surface reading of the SDGs and what seems to be a shallow understanding of CEDAW. In addition, Davies cherry-picks content from the recommendations of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and consequently presents a one-sided and selective interpretation.

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/opinion/no-need-to-mislead_138002?profile=0

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Jamaica – Support for motion to decriminalise abortion

Support for motion to decriminalise abortion

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018

A non-governmental organisation has voiced its support for the motion tabled in Parliament on Tuesday by Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn calling for a debate on the legislation that criminalises abortion.

The Advocates for the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients' Rights in Maternal, Neonatal, and Infant Health (MNIH) said that it welcomed the motion, which calls for the repeal of a statute that threatens women to life imprisonment with or without hard labour.

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20180607/support-motion-decriminalise-abortion

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