'I will never support abortion' says Malahoo Forte
Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte

Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte has declared that she will not support any push to legalise abortion in Jamaica.

Malahoo Forte made her position known on Tuesday during her contribution to the 2023/24 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives. She provided an update on the process to reform the country’s constitution, and, while the abortion issue was not in her speech, stated that her decision not to support legalisation was deeply personal.

“I say to people that changing the law for abortion will never be my platform for the simple reason that my mother told me that when she was pregnant with me, at every stage of her pregnancy she was told to abort me, every stage,” Malahoo Forte shared.

“She was told that if she didn’t abort me she would die or I would die, or we would be ill. I, in honour of my mother, and respect for my own life, take a certain position,” she added.

The minister acknowledged that other persons may hold different positions on abortion.

“I’m just saying, me, from my own history, my own narrative, (the) circumstances around my own life, the abortion issue is not mine, let me just make it clear,” she said.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Which long-term investment option is more attractive to you at the moment?