Don't abort our future stars

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Dear Editor,

As a product of our rich Jamaican culture I strongly believe that legalising abortion in our society will change the way we view children and will cause more young people to want to be promiscuous from an early age; therefore, they will be more open to not focusing on being the best they can be.

There are a lot of women who cannot have babies who are willing to care for a life. My suggestion for the abortion issue in Jamaica is to push for more adoption in our society, and have the original parents play a part in that child's life — though I strongly believe it is better for one to wait until they are well off financially to engage in romantic relationships.

I learnt from participating in American Society class at school the other day that Steve Jobs had been adopted. If his life had been terminated at birth we wouldn't have the iPhone today. For those of us who love to 'jam out' to worship music, did you know that Israel Houghton, the guy who sings I am a friend of God, is a 'survivor' of abortion? Did you know that the great Celine Dion was also a near victim of abortion? Reports are that Dion's mom had not wanted anymore children because she was already a mother of 13. She was then advised by a priest not to have an abortion, and so we have a invaluable gift to the global society. She is indeed a blessing to our ears and hearts.

I know that there have been people in our society who have had abortions, and there are reasonable reasons people do have abortions, but as a Christian first, and a very proud Jamaican, I think that before someone plans to have an abortion we should seek to rally around that mother who thinks that there is no hope for her and her precious child because of financial instability. Life is a beautiful gift from God.

Women who have abortions often undergo deep depression and grief. Do we actually want our women to suffer from such bereavement, not being able to function with full emotional stability in our society? What if seeing children allows for deep wounds to resurface?

I strongly believe that we need to reconsider if we really want to legalise abortion in our society.

Everyone deserves a chance to live, a chance to excel, and contribute to the betterment of or wonderful island, regardless of ability or disability.

One love, family. One love, Jamaica.

 

René Lambert

renepllambert@gmail.com


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