Taxpayers shouldn't pay for abortions

Thursday, June 07, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Is Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn representing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the party of pro-life, on abortion? Has the JLP, the conservative party of Jamaica, changed its position under the leadership of Andrew Holness? Then again, I've noticed where the position of the party on some issues started to change when Bruce Golding became leader.

In 2008 Rudyard Spencer called for a discussion on this issue, but he never started any private member motion Bill. I'm not attacking the Member of Parliament's right to freedom of speech or expression, but one should know and study the history of a party before they join it.

I'm pro-life, but I'm not far-pro-life. I believe in cases of rape and incest abortion is necessary, but, in general, I have a problem with abortionists. They give the impression that men have nothing to do with them getting pregnant. They want to remove the responsibility for care from the individuals having unprotected sex.

I also have a problem with any Government calling on taxpayers of a country to pay for abortions. I'm a 27-year-old male who cannot afford a child, therefore I make sure to use a condom. Birth control is the option for ladies. Abortion won't solve the issue of unwanted pregnancies; better family values will. Too many young men bow to peer pressure and go “breed a gal” just to feel like a man. We also have some ladies who believe that if they reach the age of 30 and do not have a child they are less of a woman. Good values will fix that.

I see folks bringing great testimonies of abortionists. Why not also talk about the pro-life females who are happy they never carried out an abortion?

I'm willing to hear the 'decriminalise' argument, but I will draw the line when abortionists argue for the Government to want me, as a taxpayer, to fund abortion clinics.

I listened to Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn on Nationwide radio and I used to be a great defender of her, from even Labourites, but I won't be surprised if Labourites don't want her to be their candidate for her abortion stance. The people of St Andrew West Rural have a lot of issues for which they want their Member of Parliament to be advocating not just abortion talk.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail.com

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