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Abortion more than a pro-life and pro-choice argument

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

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Dear Editor,

This debate surrounding the decriminalisation of abortions should be grounded in science and discussed with absolute objectivity. The conversation seems to be hanging onto the idea of Jamaica as a theocracy.

Our society is diverse and growing exponentially; we should not isolate women's health concerns based on the idea of Jamaica existing in this societal vacuum controlled by the local religious body.

The Church plays a vital role in our society; however, the institution must allow our society to evolve in means that are healthy for everyone, even if you are not a church-goer.

Abortion decriminalisation is simply more than a pro-life and pro-choice argument; it is a public health issue and an impediment to our development towards a safe and just society for all our citizens.

Many women have lost their lives and the ability to have children after accessing unsafe and subpar abortions. Rural women who lack access to top-notch health care and a general means of social mobility are most at risk in this equation. Health equity is a major concern throughout our society.

While contemplating if we should decriminalise abortions we must realise the intersectionalities throughout our society that are affected by this legislation. Rural women as compared to those who live in urban areas are even less likely to access safe abortions among other sexual reproductive health services.

Put the development of our society first. Let's develop policies that are grounded in research and help those who are most vulnerable. Our women deserve better.

Kimberly Roach


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