There are women in every neighbourhood in Trinidad & Tobago (TT) who have terminated a pregnancy at least once. From here, our support to current efforts to decriminalise abortion in Jamaica should be clear. In TT, women can risk jail and pay for a private medical procedure.
by Joan French and Statement of Committed Christians Joan French, who is from Jamaica, has long been involved in activism for women’s socio-cultural and political progress. She was a Board member of the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre, a founding … Continued
On 4 February 2019, in support of the motion tabled in June last year by member of Parliament Julia Cuthbert-Flynn calling for abortion law reform, the Partnership for Women’s Health and Wellbeing published a submission to the Human Resources and Development Committee of Parliament considering the motion with a long, detailed and passionate defence of why safe abortion is crucial for women. It is signed by 50 individuals and five organisations, and opens as follows:
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.
Denise Buchanan was only 17 years old when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica. He used to visit her university residence at least once a week … Continued