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Letter of the Day: Abortion does not cure rape, incest

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read in agreement the article published by Jaevion Nelson in The Gleaner dated March 19, 2015 titled 'Dire situation faced by our children'.

What struck me, however, was his subtle comment regarding the incestuously impregnated 12-year-old, aliased 'Alicia'.

Nelson remarked that even worse than the atrocities the child is facing is that she cannot legally terminate her pregnancy, thus bearing a burden because of "our archaic and ridiculous values and beliefs". Surely, Mr Nelson cannot insinuate that this burden (the child, I presume) is because the country is against abortion. The 'burden' is because of molestation, child abuse, incest and rape.

Abortion does not absolve our children and women of burdens. It creates new burdens. The psychological and emotional distress females bear if they murder their offspring is greater and longer-lasting than the physical and emotional distress females bear through unsolicited pregnancy.

Abortion will never cure rape. To quote an article recently circulated on social media: Two men raped [Lianna] Rebolledo when she was 12. She said she constantly felt dirty and tried to commit suicide. Soon after, a doctor told her she was pregnant. He told her she had every right to abort the child, because she didn't need to have a constant reminder of the attack. Rebolledo asked the doctor if it would ease the pain and make her forget what she went through, but he told her no.

"If abortion wasn't going to heal anything, I didn't see the point," Rebolledo said. "I just knew that I had somebody inside my body. I never thought about who her biological father was. She was my kid. She was inside of me. http://chicksontheright.com/blog/item/27597-12-year-old-rape-victim-aske....

Twenty-five years later, Rebolledo is happy she did not terminate her pregnancy and loves her daughter. Am I advocating that it is easy to raise a child when you yourself are a child? No way. However, the Child Development Agency has made itself available to handle adoptions.

Where there are gaps in this system, let us strive to strengthen it. I encourage the Jamaican public to learn more about adoption and see how we can play our part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race, whether that member of the human race is a product of rape or a product of marriage, born or unborn.

MARIE V.

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