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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JAMAICA – Abortion plea

JAMAICA – Abortion plea
April 10, 2018

Experts urge repeal of century-old law in jamaica

KINGSTON – Legislators are being urged to repeal sections of the more than century-old Offences Against the Person Act which prevent Jamaican women from legally terminating pregnancies.

The appeal came from a group of experts in human rights in patient care at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, ahead of International Day for Maternal Health and Rights being observed tomorrow.

Continued: http://barbadostoday.bb/2018/04/10/jamaica-abortion-plea/

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Jamaica: Support young parliamentarians’ call for abortion law review

Support young parliamentarians' call for abortion law review

BY Glenroy Murray
Thursday, November 09, 2017

It is not everyday that we find parliamentarians across both parties in agreement about the need to address a legislative issue. Despite its controversial nature, especially given the propensity of extremist elements within the Church, the issue of abortion is being viewed through bipartisan lens, and rightly so. We should commend the bold parliamentarians, who are all relatively young, for stepping forward and highlighting how our antiquated abortion laws are a blockade to progress as we strive to achieve Vision 2030.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Dr Dayton Campbell, Alando Terrelonge, and Lisa Hanna have all raised the need to review our abortion laws for a multiplicity of reasons.

Continued at source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/opinion/support-young-parliamentarians-8217-call-for-abortion-law-review_116498?profile=1096

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