Jamaica – No need to mislead

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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

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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

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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

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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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Jamaica: Botched abortions – More than 100 cases seen at VJH since start of this year

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Botched abortions - More than 100 cases seen at VJH since start of this year

Published: Sunday | November 5, 2017
Ryon Jones

Scores of Jamaican women are turning up at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) with pregnancy complications because of botched abortions.

A Sunday Gleaner probe has revealed that between January and September of this year, of the 1,088 expectant mothers who presented to VJH with bleeding in early pregnancy, 91 admitted to having attempted to abort the foetus while an additional 47 had complications that suggested that they had attempted abortions.

Continued at source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171105/botched-abortions-more-100-cases-seen-vjh-start-year

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Jamaica: Health minister orders abortion audit

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Health minister orders abortion audit

Published: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Patrick Planter

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has ordered a medical audit across the public-health system to determine the extent of the problem of attempted termination of pregnancy in Jamaica.

This follows information out of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital that more than 130 women turned up at the facility in the first nine months of this year seeking emergency treatment while either admitting that they attempted abortions or showing symptoms to suggest that they did.

Continued at source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171105/health-minister-orders-abortion-audit

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Jamaica: Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this

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Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this
Published:Monday | May 29, 2017
Michael Abrahams

Although abortion is, for the most part, illegal in Jamaica, you are surrounded by women who have had pregnancies terminated. Lawyers, doctors, domestic helpers, nurses, policewomen, teachers, hairdressers. They work in your office, walk past you in supermarket aisles and sit beside you at church.

But many women who have abortions place themselves at risk without even knowing it. This is because shortcuts are often taken, which can cause significant morbidity or even death. I am not encouraging any woman to have an abortion, but the truth is that whether the procedure is legal or not, if a woman is determined not to carry a pregnancy, she will find ways of having it terminated. I am not in the habit of giving advice to people regarding breaking the law, but in this instance, I have placed concern for human safety above political correctness. So, if you have decided that you must terminate a pregnancy, please read this carefully.

Continued at source: Jamaica Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20170529/michael-abrahams-thinking-having-abortion-please-read

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A New ‘Pum Pum Palitix’: Carnival and the Sex Education the Caribbean Needs

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A New ‘Pum Pum Palitix’: Carnival and the Sex Education the Caribbean Needs

Mar 1, 2017
Bianca Campbell & Samantha Daley

Carnival is about body positivity and resistance. But we need that freedom of physical expression all year long—and in school curricula and the broader culture.

Bright colors, glorious headpieces, glitter. Steel drums and xylophones. As people with Caribbean roots, we feel our chests swell with pride and our hips begin to sway immediately when we think of Carnival (which ended yesterday) and the ancestral rhythms of island cultures from Trinidad to Jamaica.

The costumes are sexy, sassy, and everything we aspired to be as Caribbean-American preteens. We fawned over Carnival outfits like many tweens do for their future prom gowns. The feathers, the strings, and the beads became our markers of someone no longer a child, but a grown individual who could finally do grown things: show off your body, stay up late, drink, wine the night away, and of course have sex. Without a doubt, Carnival is about ownership of our bodies, about an annual recommitment to our sexuality and broader sense of liberation.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/article/2017/03/01/new-pum-pum-palitix-carnival-sex-education-caribbean-needs/

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