Bahamas – Activist hits out at government over abortion issue

Friday, October 20, 2023

ACTIVIST Alicia Wallace has renewed calls for the government to decriminalise abortion, urging the Davis administration to stop playing “cowardly” games.

This week, Press Secretary Keishla Adderley said the government would consider amending abortion laws if there is sufficient outcry from the public, saying: “I can’t tell you that there is an active discussion on changing the laws related to abortion, specifically, the terms under which one can legally have an abortion.


Bahamas – Former PM’s son and two women arriagned for abortion

October 16, 2023
Tyler Symonette

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The son of former prime minister Dr Hubert Minnis, Dr. Jamil Minnis, a gynecologist, and two women appeared in the Magistrate’s Court today on abortion charges.

It is alleged that the trio intentionally and unlawfully aided a 15-year-old minor with an abortion.

The incident reportedly occurred on Harbor Island.

Dr Jamil Minnis was represented by Damian Gomez, KC.

The two women, whose names have been withheld to protect the identity of the minor, were also charged with conspiracy to commit abortion.

The accused will seek an emergency bail application hearing in the Supreme Court.


Pastors say they support ‘sanctity of life’ after case involving 11-year-old girl

Friday, August 18, 2023

AFTER an 11-year-old girl allegedly impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend aborted the baby with pills procured by her mother, two prominent religious leaders said yesterday that many churchgoers still oppose abortion in such circumstances.

...Alicia Wallace, director of Equality Bahamas, said given the degree of gender-based violence in The Bahamas, it is “ridiculous and inhumane to expect women or children to suffer through unwanted pregnancies”.

"There is absolutely no reason to criminalise a child or the people who helped her to access critical healthcare that likely saved her life, preventing further physical and mental harm,” she said on Wednesday.


Bahamas – “No abortion talks,” says Dr. Sands

“No abortion talks,” says Dr. Sands

October 30, 2018
Theo Sealy

Abortion is not a part of the government’s discussions as it prepares for the creation and roll-out of a patient’s rights bill, confirmed Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands. Dr. Sands shot down rumours Monday that The Bahamas would be considering the introduction of abortion in a patient’s rights bill.

The health minister kicked into damage control yesterday following statements made by Senior Nursing Officer in the Ministry of Health Sherry Armbrister which suggested that government was in the process of working on a patient’s rights bill which would include the right of women to decide whether or not they want an abortion.