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No such thing as abortion rights

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Reckless

to preach

abortion rights

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Based on its communiquÈ, it would appear that Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) went to the six children's homes to teach wards about so-called sexual and reproductive rights. These are to be distinguished from sexual and reproductive health.

The concepts of sexual and reproductive health enjoy universal support internationally and pertain to matters of physical well-being. Sexual and reproductive rights are entirely different concepts; these seek to create and impose on the State a legal position based on the autonomy of the individual.

Proponents of 'sexual rights' claim that persons, including children, have 'rights' to sex as they choose. This includes buggery. This new idea is the brainchild of secular liberals but does not have universal support in international law.

Similarly, supporters of 'reproductive rights', a concept also created by secular liberals, claim that there is a right to abortion. This also does not have universal support in international law.

Both buggery and abortion are illegal in Jamaica, so to teach children that they have 'rights' to both is certainly, at best, grossly irresponsible.

WAYNE WEST (Dr)

wayne_west@hotmail.com

Kingston 6