JAMAICA – Groups and individuals call for decriminalisation of abortion in Jamaica

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:

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

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.

JAMAICA – Survivor of priest’s sexual abuse now a member of an international group fighting abuse

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 for sex. When she got pregnant, not very long after the abuse began, he arranged a clandestine abortion. She became pregnant a second time at age 21, and following a second clandestine abortion, she has … Continued

JAMAICA – Health Minister calls for compassion for women who seek abortion and announces that the Ministry is developing a sexual and reproductive health policy

  On 8 June 2018, we reported that on 5 June Member of Parliament Julia Cuthbert-Flynn had tabled a motion in the Jamaican parliament calling for a debate on the law that criminalises abortion. In fact, she also tabled a private member’s bill the next day calling for the sections criminalising abortion in the Offences against the Person Act to be removed and replaced with civil law. On 6 June Nationwide Radio JM reported that … Continued

JAMAICA – Abortion attitudes, training and experiences among medical students in Jamaica, West Indies

by G Matthews, N Benfield, J Atrio   Contraception October 2018;98(4):341-42  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2018.07.040   In an anonymous online cross-sectional survey among medical students at the University of West Indies, among 1,404 medical students (42.5% female, 54.7% very religious), 64% had a positive attitude toward abortion. Attitudes were favourably affected by a personal or family experience with abortion, identification as non-religious, and being of older age and mixed race. Some 78.8% reported no abortion training and … Continued

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